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Challenge yourself to learn something new this September. Take part in our Shake Up September challenge!

About The Challenge

Challenge Yourself

Use our Activity Log to record your levels of sport, physical activity and active travel online and compete with other workplaces at the same time. You can log activities all year round for your own records, and many CSPs will be organising mini logging challenges across the year.

Challenge Your Colleagues

Our County Sports Partnerships organise a Competition Programme across a variety of sports for you and your colleagues. It doesn't matter if you haven't played before, local sports coaches will provide support and instruction for your team and all events have an emphasis on fun.

Our Benefits

The Workplace Challenge can benefit your workplace in the following ways

  • Health

    Workplace physical activity programmes can reduce absenteeism due to sickness, increase work attendance, reduce job stress and decrease healthcare utilisation.

  • Network

    Our dedicated network of 45 County Sports Partnerships are available to provide support, guidance and opportunities for workplaces to engage in sport and physical activity.

  • Productivity

    Healthier and more active workplaces have been proven to be happier and more productive workforces. Research suggests that exercise can reduce absenteeism by 23.5% and staff turnover can be reduced by 16% (BUPA, 2015).

  • Sustainability

    Our software monitors "active travel" by recording how much C02 our users save by not driving to meetings, work, shops. etc.

Latest News and Tweets

Mix things up in your workplace with the big #SeptemberShakeUp

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:57

Shake Up September has begun and working people across the country are accepting the unique challenge: More than 100 sports or activities. Choose one. Do it once, once a day or once a week. You set the rules. There's...

Shake Up September aims to increase workplace activity with ‘small steps, big impact’ message

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:14

Employees across England are encouraged to try a new sport or activity this month, as Shake Up September from Workplace Challenge aims to get the nation's workplaces more active.

Live longer and 8 other reasons to Shake Up September

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:15

Want to sleep better, worry less and live longer? Not to mention make more friends and be more confident. Shake Up September could be the answer. Or at least a step in the right direction…

Champion Training

In partnership with the British Heart Foundation, the Workplace Challenge has coordinated a series of training sessions focusing on how to improve the health and wellbeing of your organisation's workforce.

Become a Workplace Challenge Champion to gain valuable resources and support to help improve the lives of your colleagues.

Book a Champion Course

Learn how to get the most from the Workplace Challenge, the British Heart Foundation Health at Work programme and apply to your workplace!

Whether you're a health coordinator, HR officer, volunteer champion or a general manager, the Workplace Challenge Champion training will give you the skills, confidence and resources to promote better health and increase participation in sport and physical activity in your organisation.

Current Champions

We have Workplace Challenge Champions in companies all over England that have been provided with valuable resources and support to help improve the lives of their colleagues.

What Our Users Are Saying...

  • "I took up walking to work and timed myself each morning, doing the three and a half miles in around 45 minutes. My health – weight, BMI, etc. – improved considerably over the next five months. As a result, I feel I'm performing better at my day job and generally feeling much better in myself."

    Adrian
    Adrian (Oxford City Council)
  • Liz
    Liz (Thomson Reuters) said:

    "We decided at the last minute to enter and so glad we did – we ended up winning for our region! More importantly the take up here was brilliant, staff really caught the spirit of the challenge and kept momentum going right to the end. I think the website was brilliant for helping us to keep this momentum going, funky graphs and dashboards, a great way of tracking personal and team progress."

  • "I've lost 20lbs (nearly one and a half stones), and by upping my level of activity, it has increased my confidence to try other things."

    Tania
    Tania (University of Hertfordshire)
  • "Getting involved in the Workplace Challenge has been positive for Atkins in 3 key ways: 1) As champions, our profile and appetite for colleague engagement has been showcased across the business and it has enabled us to improve our collaboration with different departments in our day to day work. 2) An active, healthy and happy workforce aligns to Atkins' priorities for sustainability and corporate wellbeing. 3) Our work with Sport Birmingham to engage staff in the Workplace Challenge has helped many staff to improve their health by getting active in and around the working day in the ways that best suit their personal lifestyles."

    Rachel & Ellen
    Rachel & Ellen (Atkins) said:
  • "In December 2014 if you had told me I would be doing as much physical activity as I am doing now, I would have thought you were a comedian! This type of challenge is exactly what I needed to get back into fitness after a somewhat lazy year or so of doing very little and suffering a number of injuries. I've lost over a stone in weight and am feeling great physically and mentally."

    Joe
    Joe (Brighton & Hove City Council) said:
  • Pete
    Pete (Director, Atkins) said:

    "My personal health has greatly benefitted from getting more active, spurred on by the support of the Workplace Challenge and support of the local Atkins' champions. I get a real buzz and motivation from "in group" based fitness activities. In addition I've lost 3 stone in weight over a four month period and improved blood pressure to normal levels – what a result!"

Partners and Supporters

  • Active Norfolk
    Active Dorset
    Merseyside Sports Partnership
    Leap
    Sports Partnership Herefordshire & Worcestershire
  • County Durham Sport
    Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport
    Herts Sports Partnership
    West Yorkshire Sport
    Sport Birmingham
  • Active Essex
    Tees Valley Sport
    London Sport
    Northumberland Sport
    Active Devon
  • Northamptonshire Sport
    Active Gloucestershire
    Active Sussex
    Wiltshire & Swindon Sport
    Lancashire Sport Partnership
  • Sport Hampshire & IOW
    Wesport
    North Yorkshire Sport
    team BEDS&LUTON
    Living Sport
  • Lincolnshire Sport
    Kent Sport
    Energize Shropshire Telford & Wrekin
    Get Berkshire Active
    Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sport
  • Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity
    Suffolk Sport
    Derbyshire Sport
    South Yorkshire Sport
    Active Cumbria
  • Sport Nottinghamshire