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Discover how our physical activity fund has helped make a difference in the workplace

Colleagues posing with a gifted table tennis table

Table tennis at Worsley Job Centre

We were delighted to provide a table tennis table and equipment to Worsley JCP, which has been set-up ready for staff in their conference room. The arrival of the kit was very well received by all and some members of staff hadn't played since they were at school. Here's what they had to say:

"I last played Table Tennis when I was at Secondary School. I'm not great at it, but I have really enjoyed playing again. It's great to get a bit of exercise and have a break from the computer screen."

"I play Table Tennis every day, I love it. It distracts me from the treadmill feel of the job, which definitely helps to improve mental and physical wellbeing. It's really awesome!"

"Senior managers have also had a go on the table whilst attending meetings in the conference room."

Yoga class on ground mats

Pilates classes at IOPC

The Independent Office of Police Conduct in Wakefield were awarded some funds to help towards instructor costs for their lunchtime pilates classes. The initiative has brought colleagues together socially and they have are certainly enjoying the benefits of pilates:

  • “Loved it - so relaxing and great for my bad back. I would definitely do this again. Huge thanks to our lovely instructor for being supportive and inclusive for those of us who are slightly less fit.”
  • “Working in a fairly stressful/tiring job, I find it difficult to commit to classes after work as I'm more than likely too tired to go. So having something to break up the day was great. I was less likely to not attend due to work commitments because there was a group of us attending.”

Women's netball team pose for a photograph

Team Lightning netball

The Health and Safety Executive in York applied for funding to help with their netball sessions equipment. Our physical activity funding panel agreed to provide funding for netballs and Velcro patches. Here is what the Team Lightning had to say:

  • "We are a new team, ranging in age from 18-47 with a mix of abilities…personally, I hadn’t played netball since I left school which was 36 years ago (shock!).  It’s fair to say we were a bit rusty but have improved over the weeks.  Initially we had the bare minimum of seven players but week by week the attendance sheet and WhatsApp group got bigger, players were loving it and bringing friends along." - Lisa
  • "Netball has been a fun platform for meeting new people and getting more exercise into my life without realising I’m exercising!" - Lydie
  • "Well, when people discovered I’d started playing netball (or at least turning up and getting in the way of the ball occasionally) I would respond with:
    1. I used to hate it at school as it was too cliquey but there’s none of that and everyone is really friendly
    2. It’s more fun than going for a run
    3. We do seem to have improved and now lose less badly than before"

Women's hockey team pose for photograph

Hockey - Dept for Int Trade - London

The DIT women’s hockey club was awarded some funds to help with the costs of purchasing sticks and balls and to help towards the cost of pitch hire. The team went on to represent ‘International Trade’ in the annual Civil Service hockey tournament in Nottingham. Here’s what they had to say:

  • “This was my first experience of hockey and I instantly loved it. It was great to come to the sport as a newbie and feel comfortable playing with the group. I wouldn’t have joined an external hockey team and jumped on the opportunity to try the sport out in a friendly work team. I enjoyed tricking my body into exercising and working different parts that wouldn’t be trained in a traditional gym workout”.
  • “It’s been brilliant getting to know women across the department in a relaxed and inclusive environment, while even helping some members try the sport for the first time”.
  • “Hockey is an expensive sport to play socially as it requires a lot of equipment, and astroturf space which is in demand and difficult to come by in central London! It simply wouldn’t have been possible to start the team without help from the Physical Activity Fund”.

Men's photoball team pose for photograph

Welsh Government - Football

Mike from the Welsh Government applied and received funding for pitch hire. This is what he had to say.

“I have received lots of positive feedback about the whole event; regarding how well organised it was and how it encouraged people to get active (the second point being very encouraging).

For me the CSSC funding was massively beneficial because having the facilities and equipment paid for meant that I was able to purchase a kit for everyone from the other available funds I had. The kit is going to ensure that we can play future games which in turn will keep people active.

By funding the equipment (footballs, trophy and practice session) the CSSC has ensured that we have equipment that we can use again and again for future training sessions and matches. Off the back of this I’m even thinking of getting an inter-office regular 5 a side game going”

It must be about 40 years since I last played table tennis, but I now have a regular game with Andy (my nemesis). I have to say that it is a welcome distraction from work as well as a little exercise and fun. Great that it is available to all staff no matter what level/standard.
“We are so grateful to CSSC for helping make this happen with the subsidy and also to Susanne the Pilates Instructor for her expert tuition.”
The netball sessions have been great. I haven’t played netball since I was 18 years old and this was a brilliant incentive to get me back out on the court. It’s always fun exercising with friends and I’m looking forward to the new kit!

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