Fun and games with Geeks
Thursday 19th April 2018
Event start: 18.00
There was a surprise result at the AFC Wimbledon Business Club’s monthly event on Thursday with hosts Geeks Ltd having to settle for the runners-up spot in a hotly-contested Games Night.
Despite Matthew James securing the top scorer award in the three-dart challenge, Geeks were just edged out by London Tool Hire. There was simply no stopping this talented team, who proved their versatility across nine rounds ranging from the classic game of Shove Halfpenny to Wii Sports on the Nintendo Wii.
Tiddlywinks, a Golf Putting Challenge, Speed Pool, Bounce Challenge, Bar Skittles, and the Nerf Gun Shooting Challenge, were the other fun activities that teams contested.
Certainly, mastering the arts of such a wide-range of games offered a completely different challenge from the day job!
Matthew James, who is Senior Solutions Consultant at Geeks Ltd, which is based in Morden, said: “We decided to put on a fun night full of loads of different games and it has been fantastic. We’ve had a great turn-out, which shows the strength of the Business Club. We wanted to put on a different kind of event. I’ve been to so many networking events when the bell rings in a pub at the end of the night and you exchange business cards. It is not good because you don’t understand what they do, and they haven’t heard what you can offer them.
“With this games night, you are working together in teams and you get to meet people from other businesses at a fun event. Geeks Ltd has been around for 10 years now, everything we do is about technology and innovation. We are a software development company. As a part of the technology industry, we felt we needed to be a bit trendy and set-up a games room to offer a bit of fun for employees.”
Launched in October, the AFC Wimbledon Business Club has now hosted six monthly events, including a tour of Wimbledon Brewery, a Quiz Night, and a delightful evening at Khanage Indian Restaurant in Wimbledon.
AFC Wimbledon is a good community club. Events like tonight are great fun because you get to know the people you are in a team with.
Daniel Aherne, Adjust Training Services
A wide range of businesses have come on board at a time when AFC Wimbledon is preparing to head back to its spiritual home with a new stadium at Plough Lane.
Daniel Aherne, Director at Adjust Training Services, attended last Thursday’s event, building upon a relationship with AFC Wimbledon that has included raising awareness about autism.
“I did a great training session with staff and volunteers at AFC Wimbledon,” said Daniel. “The idea of it was so that they could see signs of autism in fans. A supporter with autism potentially becomes distressed if there is a change in their routine. After the session called ‘Autism Understood’, some of the stewards and volunteers who work on a match day said that they would know if a fan had autism. An example of this came when there was stuff on everyone’s seats at a game and this really distressed one of the supporters. This made the steward aware that maybe he or she had autism. I worked for the National Autistic Society for 10 years and after leaving there I recognised there was a gap in the care that was needed, so I set-up my own business based in Raynes Park.
“I started supporting Wimbledon after the FA Cup Final, so I’m a glory hunter! I was at the game a couple of weeks ago when people from High Path were presented on the pitch and that really impressed me. AFC Wimbledon is a good community club. Events like tonight are great fun because you get to know the people you are in a team with. I was more interested in coming to this because it’s an interactive event. I was quality at getting the ping pong balls into the cups!”
That Bounce Challenge or ‘Beer Pong’ often comes with the reward of a drink at the end of it and it wasn’t far to walk to the fridge for a taste of Wimbledon 1889 Lager! Cheers to the continued success of the AFC Wimbledon Business Club and bring on the seventh event next month!
If you are interested in signing up to the AFC Wimbledon Business Club or for more information, contact Pietro Palladino at firstname.lastname@example.org