An average of three footballs go over the pitches’ fence (and need to be retrieved), every week during our weekly Immunocore footy hour. Not that it stops us from having fun. In fact, we have a well-established and extensive sports and social scene here at Immunocore. All our employees have the chance to dip their toe in the water with a new hobby, become part of a team or club, or to further develop their skills whenever they choose. And they take part in a wide range of activities including cricket, badminton, football, theatre trips, charity runs and family days out, yoga, gardening and even a spot of knitting.
We co-ordinate everything through our internal intranet platform, The Core; an informal space for social and sports groups to get together and discuss different activities. We also have the help of the Sports and Social Committee. With members from across the organisation, their task is to support clubs and groups from both a financial and logistics point of view. They host the two main social events at Immunocore; the summer and the Christmas Parties, but also play a significant role in guiding the company’s charity programme by supporting individual employees fund-raising activities, offering financial support to events, and fund matching.
James Parker, chair of the Immunocore Sports and Social Committee highlighted their importance recently: “Our sports and social committee is an integral part of the make up at Immunocore, helping to build and maintain strong bonds between people in an ever growing organisation. From small scale sporting events such as badminton and football, to large company wide summer and Christmas parties we provide something for everyone.”
We’ve got a lot to look forward to in 2018, with upcoming events including a dragon boat regatta, the High Sheriff Corporate challenge (which includes events such as a plankathon and the Oxford Town and Gown 10K), and a companywide International Food lunch.