Tyne & Wear organisations team up to create a healthier workforce

The UK’s largest office park and Tyne & Wear Sport have teamed up to help workers get healthier.

As part of Tyne & Wear Sport’s Active Workplace programme staff based at Cobalt Business Park in North Tyneside can now get involved in a range of diverse activities. The scheme, which is being delivered in partnership with the onsite Cobalt More team, will help over 12,000 employees find a sport they love playing.

The activities currently on offer include football, tennis, volleyball, sailing and more. These sporting packages have been put together after consultation with staff at Cobalt and tailored to fit the needs of the workforce. Many sessions are being run for free or at a discounted rate to ensure everyone can get involved and get active.

Amy Carroll, Events & Communications Manager at Cobalt Business Park, said: "We had already provided timetable of events, classes and clubs on site however this partnership has really helped bolster what we offer. Now there are more sports than ever for workers based at the park to get involved in.

“We believe in investing in the health and wellbeing of our employees. The sessions have been designed to fit the working lives of people at Cobalt so we can aim to create a strong sense of community and a truly rewarding environment in which to live and work."

Golf is one of the sports on offer as a result of the link up, with staff now able to take to the fairways thanks to the Get into Golf initiative. The campaign which is run by England Golf aims to create a nation full of golfers regardless of age, background or ability.

Ian Harvey, Development Officer at Northumberland County Golf Partnership, said: “Get into Golf provides a range of activities to suite everyone and there are courses are taking place right across Northumberland, meaning this is a great opportunity for staff at Cobalt to pick up a club.

“We’re understandably delighted to have such a strong link with the workforce at the park. As a sport golf provides a fantastic opportunity for players to socialise as well as get fit so we’re looking forward to seeing co-workers come together and have fun outside their usual office environment."

Matthew Briggs, Communications Officer at Tyne & Wear sport, said: "We want to get more people more active more of the time. This partnership will really help us to achieve that.

"Everyone at Cobalt has been enthused by what we have been able to offer them and we’re looking forward to running a host of successful sessions over the coming months and making a difference to the sporting lives of 12,000 people.”

For further information about how Tyne & Wear Sport could help your business get active please visit www.tynewearsport.org/active_workplace.

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