Working up a Sweat For County Sports Competitions

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Our sporty staff have laced up their trainers for a series of workplace contests in cricket, kurling and hockey, organised by Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (LRS).

We entered a team of six into LRS’s recent Workplace Hockey Competition 2019, in which the team earned second place.

They followed this success with a stab at the Wellbeing@Work Workplace Indoor Cricket Competition 2019, where they took third place and competed alongside the Youth Sport Trust, Volleyball England, Gateway College and Tarmac Ltd.

The team is now getting their breath back before competing in the Christmas Workplace New Age Kurling Competition tonight (5th December), in which teams will try their hand at an adapted, indoor form of the traditional winter sport of curling. Players will push stones comprised of bearings along the ground towards a target, with the aim of getting more stones close to the centre of the target than the opposing team.

The festive-themed event will feature a prize for the best Christmas fancy dress alongside the usual prizes for the winning teams.

Among our participants is Caroline Walpole, Head of Audit and a keen swimmer, Leicester City Football Club supporter and all-round sports fan.

Caroline said: “As a team we have really enjoyed the events we have taken part in so far. They offer us a chance to get away from our desks and compete against other firms in sports which most of us have not played since school. We look forward to the upcoming Kurling event and hope to enter more in 2020.”

LRS is the county’s Active Partnership (formerly known as a County Sports Partnership), one of 43 such partnerships across the country set up by Sport England to develop sport and physical activity at a county level. The partnerships work collaboratively to pave the way for a more active nation, with the aim of using the power of physical activity to improve lives.

Bryany Cornish, Sports Development Officer at LRS, commented: “It has been fantastic to have Newby Castleman along to our inter-workplace competitions. They have played with sportsmanship, embraced every competition with a friendly competitive spirit, and have thoroughly enjoyed themselves whilst doing so! This is exactly what our events are all about.

“Our Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport Wellbeing@Work package is designed to support local workplaces to improve the health and wellbeing of their staff, and reap the benefits of a healthier workforce.”

Elements of the Wellbeing@Work package include a Workplace Health Needs Assessment, inter-workplace competitions, Business Games, training and workshops and an online activity tracker. To find out more, please visit www.llrwellbeingatwork.org.

For further details of LRS’s events and campaigns, please visit lrsport.org.

For further information, please call our Leicester branch on 0116 254 9262 or our Loughborough branch on 01509 263500.