Although the products or services from a company help sales and make reputations it also has to be remembered that the people working for that company are just as important. The records of the Willans Works archive being catalogued at Warwickshire County Record Office show that the staff at the Rugby site were well looked after for leisure activities.
From the opening of the factory in 1897 the firms running the works (Willans & Robinson, English Electric, GEC and now Alstom) made sure that its workforce had plenty of opportunities to take part in sports and social events. These included athletics, football and cricket clubs. The works had a sports ground next to its site in Newbold Road, Rugby and because the company took on apprentices there were always plenty of fit, young men to make up the teams. Sports days were also regularly held.
There was also an annual cricket match between the management of the English Electric sites at Rugby and Stafford and the scorebook for the matches held between 1945 and 1964 shows that each side won eight times with two matches ending in a draw and one match being tied. Opportunities to play darts, tip and run, bowls, skittles and other sports were also available. Prizes were given at awards nights and in 1955 these included food and drink (more specifically spirits and dead poultry).
Dances and parties were also popular, including the annual works dance and Christmas parties where children would be entertained with music and get a visit from Santa Claus.