Published On: Tue, Mar 25th, 2014 on 1:52 pm

Hallmark staff getting more active through West Yorkshire Workplace Challenge

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Staff at Hallmark try out badminton at the Zara Sports Centre

Workers at Hallmark in Bradford have been enjoying badminton sports sessions to keep fit and active.

Staff at the greetings card company – which has headquarters in Bingley –have been taking part in weekly sport activities at the nearby Zara Sports Centre.

The fun activities are part of the Workplace Challenge programme launched by West Yorkshire Sport that aims to get workplaces more active.

Halima Khan, West Yorkshire Sport Development Officer, told the Yorkshire Standard: “We want to give people an opportunity to take part in a new sport and encourage them to keep fit and active. Modern working is increasingly office-based with not much moving around.”

Social club member Olivia Roberts, who helps organise various activities for the business, added: “I think the sessions have been really successful, with a good turn out each week.

“It has allowed people to be flexible and attend when they are available. It also gives staff the opportunity to meet people in different parts of the business, have fun and improve fitness.”

There are many barriers that prevent people being as active as they should be, such as cost, work and family commitments which leaves little time for leisure pursuits and keeping fit.

The challenge hopes to help people overcome these barriers.

Ms Khan added: “With the success of our workplace challenge programme, more and more work places are trying to get workers to take part in and build a sporting habit for life.”

If you would like more information on how to support your staff getting active in the workplace contact Halima Khan, West Yorkshire Sport Development Officer in Bradford, via email at halima.khan@wysport.co.uk.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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