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. 

Through our second round of funding (applications for which closed in December 2018), we are working with nine new businesses who were successful in acquiring funding from us to help their inactive employees increase their activity levels at a pace that is suitable to their individual needs.

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

PLEASE NOTE: Although we are not currently accepting applications for the Workplace Inactivity Fund, if you or the organisation you work for is keen to get your workforce more active, we would be delighted to hear from you. If you are looking to target your most inactive employees we could also potentially provide financial support. Please get in touch with us via the email address or phone number below. We would also advise you to sign up to our mailing list to be the first to hear about future opportunities.

Email: activeworkplace@tynewearsport.org

Telephone: 0191 497 2324.

Case Studies

Please see some case studies below from previous ‘Workplace Inactivity Fund’ projects. We will be adding more over time to help to demonstrate the positive impact the projects 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