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Making your workplace more active

Looking for ways to make your workplace more active – catch up on the latest news and ideas from the Merseyside Sports Partnership.

There are lots of events and activities taking place around August and September time that you can promote to your workforce – these are activities that can be done together in a team from your workplace, or ideas for your colleagues to be more active outside of work in their local community.  Upcoming events include:

Open Goals (running every Saturday and Sunday in parks across Liverpool)

Run by the Liverpool FC Foundation, Open Goals provides fun sports activities across Liverpool parks. Free weekly sessions for all the family (children must be 5 years +), with adults and children encouraged to participate together!  Activities include: family games, frisbee, tag, football and much more.

Click here to view a list of parks and weekly times

Liverpool Shine (8.30pm Saturday 8th September, starting from Pier Head)

Shine Liverpool is Cancer Research UK’s first 10k night walk in the city, bringing people together to light up Liverpool and fund life-saving research. Grab your glow sticks and walk together with a team (open to males and females) from your workplace across the 10k city centre route.

Click here to view further information and to book your place, and click here for a downloadable poster

Knowsley’s Great Pedal Away 2018 (8.00am to 1.00pm Sunday 9th September, Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park)

Take the 40 mile challenge route, with a tour of Knowsley and beyond – taking in a great selection of quiet lanes, cycle paths and parks.  Enter as an individual for £10 or as a team of five for £40.  The route is fully signposted with refreshment stops along the way, and all finishers will receive a certificate and goody bag.

Click here for further information and to download an entry form

Active Sefton Wipeout Challenge (10.00am to 3.00pm Sunday 16th September at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre)

Enter a team of four from your workplace to take part against other organisations across the region in a series of fun challenges and obstacles at Crosby Lakeside – the team with the fastest time across all six activities will be crowned the champions!

Click here for further information and to book a place for your organisation

Let’s Ride Liverpool (9.00am to 12.00pm Sunday 23rd September in Liverpool city centre)

Grab your bike and join us as we take over the streets of Liverpool – for one day only, we’re creating a fun and accessible traffic-free route through the streets of the city. It doesn’t matter what kind of bike you want to ride, how fast you go, or how old you are.  It’s free to enter, you get to see your city in a different way and it’s a fun, active, family-friendly day out. You don’t have to go the 5k distance – just as much or as little as you want. And you don’t need to be an experienced cyclist – there are no cars on the road, you can wobble, zig-zag and stop as much as you like.

Click here to register your free place

Fitswarm

MSP are working with FitSwarm to offer out trials of their innovative, live, two-way streaming fitness classes.  This technology enables individual staff members to access a live and interactive fitness class (e.g. in yoga, circuit training, pilates) – great for staff who work remotely, if you have multiple site locations or for staff who would prefer to exercise on their own rather than in a group setting.

Not only can employees see/hear the instructor live, but the instructor can see/hear the employees live, enabling a fully engaging experience across multiple locations. FitSwarm reduces the barriers to inactive people becoming more active through a convenient, private channel.  Click here to view a demonstration of the technology.

Trials will be individually scoped, reflecting key objectives of the organisation and will be four to twelve months in duration. Trials will gather data to demonstrate that FitSwarm benefits in reducing inactivity, leading to large-scale organisation rollout. To take part, organisations will require very limited internal resource to help scope the trial, co-ordinate internal activity and monitor progress/feedback.

Organisations interested in a long term pilot can access a free taster session.  Contact d.woodworth@merseysidesport.com if you would be interested.

Merseyside Police are challenging organisations across Merseyside to join in with their #MillionSteps challenge, taking place in the week commencing 24th September. 

Your challenge is to encourage as many of your workers as possible to log their steps on the Workplace Challenge during that week to see if your company can beat the Police’s total and be the first to reach 1,000,000 steps – with prizes up for grabs!  There will also be another competition for those SMEs who might not have enough staff to be able to reach the 1m step target but would still like to get involved.

Merseyside Police are running the challenge to help raise at least £10,000 for the Prince’s Trust charity.  There is no obligation for organisations or individuals to raise money, but if they would like to do so then it would help the Police’s cause.

Staff who are more active take fewer days absence, are happier, more productive and are less likely to be stressed at work – encouraging employees to get involved in a step challenge is a simple, fun and inclusive way to promote physical activity in the workplace.  Anybody can get involved, regardless of their age, ability or level of fitness.

Organisations interested in getting involved should register their interest by filling out the short online form via the link below.  Nearer the time, you’ll receive further information and marketing materials to help spread the word throughout your organisation and try to get as many people as possible involved!

To read further information about the Merseyside Police One Million Steps challenge and to register your organisation’s interest please visit https://www.workplacechallenge.org.uk/merseysidesport/onemillionsteps

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Written by Gather

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