Corby Council to shake up sport participation

Corby Council has signed up to the Shake Up September challenge

Corby Council has signed up to the Shake Up September challenge

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Corby Council is joining employers from across the UK in an initiative to increase physical activity levels.

The Shake Up September challenge will see employees try at least one new sport during the month, with 30 staff members already signed up.

Studies show that 37 per cent of the adult population fail to meet the recommended guidelines for physical activity participation, with the ultimate aim of the challenge to log as much activity as possible.

More than 6,000 businesses have already signed up, with a prize going to the workplace with the most points.

Council lead member for community Cllr John McGhee said: “We are encouraging employers throughout Corby to join the Shake Up September challenge and are leading by example by signing up ourselves.

“Our staff have already been participating in the workplace challenge throughout the year which has been a great success and has even led on to us holding our very first staff table tennis competition.

“Encouraging staff to keep active is not only a healthy option for them but also one for your business too, so get signed up and have some fun trying out activities you haven’t tried before.”

Sport England director of community sport Mike Diaper said: “The Shake Up September challenge gives an extra incentive for us all to try something new, with close to 150 sports and activities there is lots on offer.

“I would urge businesses who have yet to implement a physical activity policy – and even those who have, to use the Shake Up September challenge as a catalyst to get their workforce more active, more healthy and more productive.”

For more information and to take part in #ShakeUpSeptember just register your workplace at workplacechallenge.org.uk, download the poster and activity pack and tell your staff and colleagues to sign up and start logging points.