Grass Roots organises opening of largest international skills event

Meetings,
events and communications agency, Grass Roots, organised a sell-out
Opening Ceremony last night (4 October) for the world’s largest
international skills competition, Worldskills London 2011.
 
Held
at The O2 Arena, the ceremony involved 950 international competitors,
between the age of 14 and 17, from 51 countries; 8,000 visitors watching
the ceremony; and some 700 UK-based acts on stage.
 
“This is
their opening party and is focused on getting them excited for tomorrow
when the competition commences,” Business Development Director for Event
Production at Grass Roots, Darren Spragg, told CN. “It is the largest event before the Olympics next year in London and has taken a year of organising.”
 
The
event production of the opening ceremony involved 150 production
crew, 100 volunteers and two full-time interns. “Many of the volunteers
and the two interns are using this event as a case study in preparation
for working on the upcoming London 2012 Olympics,” said Spragg.
 
WorldSkills
London 2011 brings people from across the globe compete to become the
best of the best. Over 150,000 visitors are expected to attend from 5-8
October at Excel London, with over 8,000 attending the opening and
closing shows, designed to showcase some of the UK’s most talented young
performers and celebrating the communities coming together from around
the world to take part in the event.
 
Chairman for Worldskills
London 2011, Chris Humphries CBE, told the audience: “ The 950 entrants
competing in 46 skill areas has made this the biggest Worldskills so
far. It is also the largest event ever held at Excel London in terms of
size, complexity and visitor numbers. We have 920 accredited media
covering the event and have built the largest restaurant in the UK to
feed 1,800 people at a time and serving 56,000 meals during the week.
 
“This
is a crucial economic event with 154 industrial sponsors and we already
have 145,000 registered visitors and are on target for total attendance
of the four days of up to 200,000.”
 
Deputy Prime Minister Nick
Clegg was the key speaker for the event. He said: “It is a real honour
to be here tonight at the opening ceremony. This is a truly global
competition and I’m glad we could put on this global event for you
tonight.”
 
Click here to see CN’s gallery of the event.
 
Any conference-related news? Email sarah@mashmedia.net

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