The Workplace Inactivity Fund aims to work with businesses in Tyne & Wear to target employees that are currently inactive (i.e. those doing less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week), and support, encourage and inspire them to take part in physical activity on a more regular basis.

Targeting inactive people is a key focus of the government and Sport England strategies and it is also a key priority of ours. There are numerous benefits to both employers and employees of having a more active workforce, which include:

  • increased workforce productivity

  • higher staff morale

  • reduced levels of stress

  • improved team cohesion

  • lower employee turnover

  • reduced sickness absence

Engaging inactive, or sedentary, workers also has the potential to have the greatest impact upon reducing levels of absenteeism, increasing productivity and business performance. 

Following a second round of funding which closed in December 2018, we managed to work with nine new businesses who were successful in acquiring the funding necessary to help their inactive employees increase their activity levels at a pace that was suitable to their individual needs.

The maximum amount awarded to each organisation was £1000, with priority giving to those that were able to commit a small amount of financial resources towards the project, as well as to those businesses that were targeting women & girls, disabled people and people from lower socio-economic backgrounds within their workforce.

PLEASE NOTE: We are currently not accepting applications for the Workplace Inactivity Fund. However, if you or the organisation you work for have an idea about how to get your workforce more active, please get in touch via the email address below. Please check back for updates, or sign up to our mailing list to be the first to hear.

Email: activeworkplace@tynewearsport.org

Telephone: 0191 497 2324.

Case Studies

Please see our case studies from past ‘Workplace Events’ below. We will be adding more over time to help demonstrate the positive impacts the events have had in supporting individuals to take part in physical activity on a more regular basis.

Case Study - Procter & Gamble

Case Study - Farnham Medical Centre