England Athletics Ltd
P4. Physical Activity in the Workplace
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 19 December, 2011
Run England is working with a number of companies to offer running opportunities for their employees. The model is to train up a number of staff, who are enthusiastic runners, to become leaders. These leaders then take out groups of staff at times to suit the workplace for example, early morning, lunch time or after work. There is also the potential for these groups to take part in local fun runs, demonstrating community involvement by the company.In addition to a group being set up at England Athletics head office, here are examples of the type of programme being set up. Both Manchester City Council and Sheffield City Council have newly formed running groups, developed through active workforce projects which aim to increase the levels of physical activity amongst the council staff.Barclays Global Groups at Radbroke Hall in Cheshire, have an active workplace programme in partnership with Nuffield Health. They are holding a 5 week pilot scheme to develop a network of running groups to improve the activity levels of staff on site. They hope to influence a minimum of 5 per cent of the 3,500 staff to become more active.Within London we are working with pro-active London on an annual event that encourages local authority and NHS trust employees to walk/run a 5k. In house training groups are created leading up to the event, with the aim to continue running post event.Other projects are in their infancy, whereby the priority at this time is to identify staff to be trained up as leaders, so that running groups can be set up in the new year (2012).