Enter your team now for 2020’s Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge

It’s time for companies, clubs and organisations from across the region to get their teams together to enter this year’s Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge, in aid of Rainbows Hospice.

East Midlands Business Link is a proud sponsor of the event, organised by Gable Events, which will take place on Sunday 2nd August as part of the annual Riverside Festival. Up to 40 crews from all over the East Midlands are expected to battle it out over the 200m race course.

No previous experience is required to take part, and dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races.

Teams and spectators also benefit from being part of one of the region’s largest family festivals with a bustling fair and vibrant mix of music, dance, crafts and food from around the world, staged by Nottingham City Council.

The Challenge’s official charity, Rainbows, is the only hospice providing vital care and support to babies, children and young adults with life-limiting illnesses across the East Midlands. By taking part in the Dragon Boat Challenge to raise money for Rainbows, you and your crew will have the chance to make a difference to over 400 children and their families.

Entry categories include standard, silver and gold.

Gold and silver entry categories are designed to:

  • Raise further funds for Rainbows Hospice
  • Increase your profile at the Nottingham Riverside Festival

Standard entry includes:
• Dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment
• At least 3 races per crew
• Family entertainment of the Riverside Festival
• Souvenir programme
• Trophies for the top three crews, the best-placed mixed crew (minimum 5 ladies), the crew raising the most money for Rainbows Hospice and the ‘best dressed’ crew
• Medals for the top three crews
• Premiere escape room experience at Escapologic for the crew raising the most money for
Rainbows Hospice

Standard crew entry is £520 + vat per team.

Silver entry adds:

  • Your name and/or logo on each side of one of the dragon boats at the Challenge
  • Presentation photograph of your team
  • Acknowledgment in the Challenge commentary
  • Acknowledgment as a Silver crew on the Challenge website, social media sites, crew managers pack, souvenir programme and results board

Fee – £ 1,580 + vat (includes £500 donation to Rainbows)

Gold entry adds:

  • Your name and /or logo on each side of one of the dragon boats at the Challenge
  • Presentation photograph of your team
  • Team gazebo (3m x 3m) with 12 chairs at the Festival
  • Full page advert in the colour souvenir programme
  • Acknowledgment in the Challenge commentary
  • Acknowledgment as a Gold crew on the Challenge website, social media sites, crew managers pack, souvenir programme and results board

Fee – £ 2,290 + vat (includes £750 donation to Rainbows)

Optional extras include:

  • Your logo on each side of an additional dragon boat – £1,000 + vat per boat (includes £500 Rainbows donation)

Emily Wright, Corporate Partnership Fundraiser at Rainbows, said: “The Dragon Boat Challenge is an amazing event. With up to 50 companies competing for a number of prizes the day has a great atmosphere. More amazing than the event however is the generosity of the crews who take part. It is only through your support at events like this that we are able to help and care for those families who need it most.”

The top fundraisers for Rainbows will win the charity trophy plus the special prize of a premiere escape room experience at Escapologic.

For more information and to book your place on the start line please call Gable Events on 01780 470718 or visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/nottingham

For information about the services of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People call Emily Wright on 01509 638033 or visit www.rainbows.co.uk