Active Workplace Games June 2019

Five teams attended Kenton School to take part in the Active Workplace Summer Games 2019 and the atmosphere from the event was buzzing from the very start.

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One of the team members from CSSC, who have attended the event yearly said, “We sign up every year as we all find it extremely fun and always enjoy the varied activities on offer.”

The Games were organised by Tyne & Wear Sport to provide companies with a way to encourage their employees to get active in a fun competition that also has very positive benefits for the businesses.

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The companies came from across Tyne & Wear to take part in seven different sporting challenges including boot camp, cricket, boxing and handball, as well as two new sports in the Active Workplace Games; new age kurling and wheelchair basketball. In a closely fought competition, it was the team from Adient who claimed victory, closely followed by the runners up from Environment Agency.

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Crisis, which is the national charity for homelessness, have also been involved in another Active Workplace initiative, funded by Tyne & Wear Sport.  They received a small grant called ‘workplace inactivity fund’, enabling them to run fitness sessions twice a week to target the most sedentary and inactive.  The fitness sessions proved popular with staff.  Some of the funding was put towards entering a team into the event to culminate their inactivity project.  Andrew from the Crisis team said that he thought one of the best things about the event was being able to take part in a group as everyone felt motivated and encouraged throughout, helping to alleviate any worry or anxiety about being out of their depth in terms of fitness compared to the other companies.

The organisers from Tyne & Wear Sport said, "This is the thirteenth workplace games event that we’ve organised since the inception of the programme in 2014, and it’s great to see teams returning year on year. We always try to ensure there is something new for the teams to try, and this year the wheelchair basketball station was a massive hit. Various participants throughout the event said taking part had made them appreciate the strength and coordination required to successfully dribble a ball whilst pushing a wheelchair.”

The teams competing were: Adient, Crisis, CSSC, Environment Agency and NHS Business Services Authority.