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Campaign to get more people involved in sport

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 27, 2014

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AN INITIATIVE encouraging Ashbourne’s workers to become more active has been hailed a success.

The Derbyshire Workplace Challenge was launched in the New Year to get workplaces across the county in shape, and is now being rolled out nationally by the County Sports Partnership Network in collaboration with the British Heart Foundation Health at Work programme.

In Derbyshire more than 800 workers have signed up to take part so far, and now Derbyshire Sport is calling on workers from other professions across Derbyshire to take up the Workplace Challenge too.

Anyone can sign up for free and can earn points by logging details of any sport or physical activity which they take part in.

Each time an activity such as walking, cycling or swimming is logged via the Workplace Challenge website points will be earned.

The more physical activity workers take part in, the more points they earn for their place of work.

The workplace with the highest number of points will then be crowned Derbyshire’s Workplace Challenge winner in early March.

Workers will also be given the chance to win a number of spot prizes.

Angela Kirkham, Active Lifestyles Development Officer at Derbyshire Sport, said: “The Workplace Challenge roll out in Derbyshire has been a great success so far.

“The Workplace Challenge has really captured the imagination of workplaces across Derbyshire to be more active in a competitive yet fun way.

“We would now like to extend the programme out to more workers across the county to encourage even more people to take up activity and in turn lead healthy and active lifestyles.

“Participants don’t have to be sporty and fit to join in, any activity can be logged.

“This could include walking or cycling to work, going for a lunchtime swim or gym class, or going for a jog or playing football with friends or colleagues after work.”

More information on the challenge, including how to sign up, is available online at www.workplacechallenge.org.uk/derbyshire

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