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About The Workplace 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

‘SHAKE UP SEPTEMBER’ SET TO INSPIRE WORKFORCES

‘SHAKE UP SEPTEMBER’ SET TO INSPIRE WORKFORCES

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 08:00

With less than a week to go until the start of the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games, workforces across England are being encouraged to get in the spirit of the Games and sign up for a sporting challenge with a difference....

In the news 'Office workers must exercise for an hour a day to counter death risk'

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:11

An article in the Daily Telegraph today (28th July) reports on a major Lancet study. The article urges people who spend large amounts of time at their desk to change their daily routine and fit more activity in and around the working day.

UK's leading plus-size athlete launches #OneBigFatRun a FREE virtual 5K in a bid to get 1 million FAT women running by 2020

UK's leading plus-size athlete launches #OneBigFatRun a FREE virtual 5K in a bid to get 1 million FAT women running by 2020

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 13:49

Plus-size fitness guru, Julie Creffield, has launched her One Big Fat Run campaign in a bid to get 1 million overweight or inactive women running around the world by 2020.

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...

  • 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!"

  • Viv
    Viv (Ordnance Survey) said:

    "We've found that the competitive element of the challenge is really encouraging people to get involved. The table tennis table we have won will help us to be even more active and we are already thinking about table tennis tournaments and fundraising events."

  • "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:
  • "I really wanted to participate as it has been such a positive for me to be part of Work Place Challenge over the last 18 months, it was the missing piece in the jigsaw for me that my employer promoted the Work Place Challenge.

    As a result of my own fitness and healthy eating programme and my employer saying – yes go for it, I lost 6 stone and now run 3 times a week.

    I feel passionately that work could have been the one excuse I could have used not to make positive change, and because of workplace challenge that last excuse of "I am too busy at work" was removed, and I am now sustaining a positive change in my life and the life of my family!"

    Diane
    Diane (Head of Engagement & Consultation, Kent County Council) said:
  • "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)
  • "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:

Partners and Supporters

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