South Yorkshire businesses are being encouraged to battle it out to become the sportiest workplace in the county, as the second phase of a nationwide fitness initiative is launched.
The first stage of South Yorkshire Sport’s Workplace Challenge, which ran for eight weeks from January 6, saw hundreds of employees go head-to-head to score points for their business or organisation by taking part in sport or physical activity and logging it in the online Workplace Challenge programme.
Rotherham Council topped the leader board by obtaining the most points in the region, with The Symphony Group, Barnsley receiving a prize for having the most employees signed up to the scheme and Nicola Squires, from England Netball securing the most individual points.
Nationally, 11,700 individuals, from more than 2,200 workplaces signed up for the Workplace Challenge, which is run in conjunction with the British heart Foundation Health at Work team and County Sports Partnerships across England, and aims to increase participation in sport and physical activity.
South Yorkshire Sport will now roll out the second phase of the Workplace Challenge, which will again see businesses compete for the title of most active workplace.
Everything from involvement in organised sport to informal activity and active travel to work are recorded as part of the competition, which is now being further developed to encourage more of South Yorkshire’s business community to lead more active lifestyles.
Helen Marney, director of operations at South Yorkshire Sport, said:
“The first stage of the Workplace Challenge was a fantastic success here in South Yorkshire, with individuals and businesses alike seeing the benefits of being physically active.
“We now intend to build on the enthusiasm for sporting activity generated by the first competition and encourage even more of South Yorkshire’s businesses to get involved in the challenge.
“The healthy competition is a great way for people to become healthier and lead more active lifestyles as well as getting involved in sporting events and mini-challenges across the county.”
Businesses can also take part in an inter-workplace competition programme, linking with local sports clubs.
South Yorkshire Sport will also be offering local activity logging challenges at different points throughout the year and will be organising a Workplace Champion Training day, with the British Heart Foundation, for those who want to get their workplace more active and learn skills on the benefits of physical activity in the workplace.
For more information about the Workplace Challenge and how to get involved, log on to www.workplacechallenge.org.uk/southyorkshire or www.sysport.co.uk