GreaterSport, the Greater Manchester sports partnership, has awarded Swinton Group, the national insurance broker, a significant fund to encourage workplace sports and wellbeing.
Swinton has been given almost £2,000 to organise yoga and meditation sessions in the winter and ‘Insanity’ in the summer at its headquarters at 101 Embankment. The new nine floor building has a specially built social space for employees to get active.
Swinton colleagues will be taught by Arthavadin Manchester Buddhist Centre and Lisa Middleton at Finding Space yoga.
Anne Kirk, marketing director at Swinton Group, said: “We’re delighted to have won this bid which will encourage staff to have a healthier lifestyle and improve alertness and happiness in the workplace. The physical and psychological benefits of sport and meditation are well known and being mindful in work helps with everything from customer relations to teamwork and motivation.”
John Brady, Sports Development Officer at GreaterSport, said: “The workplace is a great opportunity for people to get active and we’re delighted to see Swinton Group helping to improve activity among its workforce. As a larger employee in Greater Manchester they will have a real impact on the health of all colleagues.”
Public Health England estimate that more than four in 10 people do not do enough physical activity to achieve good health. As a result, an average of 5.31 sick days are taken per person per year, costing businesses a total of £14.9 billion in lost working days.*