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On Thursday 9th March Workplaces from across County Durham came head to head for the County Durham Workplace Games Competition.

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The local multi-sport competition organised by County Durham Sport, had organisations competing in a variety of sporting challenges; Dodgeball, Softball, Fencing, Athletics and Traditional Sports Day races.

The workplaces competing included; Durham Cathedral, Durham University, Metro Mail, The Durham Federation, Elddis Transport, Her Majesties Passport Office and DISC. Each team put in a fantastic effort trying new sports and reinvigorating more familiar sporting challenges. However it was Metro Mail Team that came away victorious winning the County Durham Workplace Games Trophy 2017.

The winning team Metro Mail Panthers said:  “Our team had mixed abilities however our enthusiastic attitude and team spirit lead us to victory…our trophy now has pride of place within our office!”

Second place was awarded to The Durham Federation and third to Elddis Transport. Staff were also asked to keep a look out for the winners of another winner throughout the evening the award for best team morale. It was Durham Federation who won, swooping their second award for the evening.

The evening competition was organised as an opportunity for Durham Workplace’s to utilise the benefits of physical activity as well as benefit from the chance to team build in a fun and social environment, networking with likeminded businesses and promote the positive messages that come with investing in organisational health and wellbeing.

Gemma Garbutt from Metro Mail said;

“The event gave us the opportunity to bond as a workforce and get to know each other better. We are working hard to change the culture of our working environment through various forms of communication and encouraging opportunities for departments to mix, therefore attending The County Durham Workplace Games has been a great tool to help us achieve this.

The County Durham Workplace Games is part of County Durham Sport’s wider Active Workplace offer. The programme helps organisations to prioritise the health and wellbeing of staff by working to make physical activity part of the working day and organisational culture.

In addition to the Workplace Games County Durham Sport’s programme offers businesses a variety of opportunities including; the chance to set up after work fitness classes at their offices, couch to 5k running groups, introduction to sport courses in a variety of sports, inter workplace competitions and the use of the Workplace Challenge site; online physical activity logging community for colleagues to compete and challenge each other to be more active.

Suziee Cassels County Durham Sport’s Workplace Programme Coordinator said;

“The Workplace Games is a fantastic chance to get County Durham workplaces together for some friendly competition and to highlight the great sporting opportunities available in the County. For many working adults, life gets in the way of prioritising physical activity and County Durham Sport’s Active Workplace programme helps to overcome these barriers.  Physical activity has so many benefits physically and mentally and we are passionate about helping workplaces reap the benefits. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved, it’s was great to see such enthusiasm from everyone and a well done to all our teams for giving it their all.”

An estimated 40 per cent of people do not exercise enough and for many it comes down to time, with up to 60% of our waking hours spent at work. Research shows office workers in particular are putting their health at risk by sitting for hours on end without exercise.

The County Durham Workplace Games took place at Durham School on Thursday 9th March from 6.00pm till 9.00pm the 10 teams competed in 5 sporting challenges throughout the evening.

County Durham Sport welcomes all businesses within the County to get in touch if they wish to take the step to prioritise the health of their workplace and help get the staff becoming more active more often. The next Workplace Games will be taking place in the summer if you would like to register your interest get in contact at the below details. Call 0191 347 6127 or email to find out more and get involved.



County Sports Partnership Network

  • The CSP Network represents 45 local County Sports Partnership teams across the country.
  • Collectively, they contribute to the health of the nation by helping local partners, organisations and deliverers to promote the benefits of active lifestyles across local communities.

Workplace Challenge 

  • Workplace Challenge’s activity tracking platform is a free online facility available through that enables individuals and workplaces to log all of their physical activity, and easily compare activity levels to other participating individuals and organisations.
  • Active loggers will be able to see a variety of stats including distance travelled, calories burned, CO2 saved and progress against the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week using a targets bar. It’s also possible to set personal targets (linked to fundraising if you wish) and create your ‘circles’ to compare your progress against friends and colleagues. All these features and more are available from your dashboard.


Suziee Cassels, Marketing Officer, County Durham Sport
0191 374 6127