Brussels hasn’t been far from the collective consciousness in recent months, as Brexit negotiations trundle on. But last week the city played host to more upbeat conversations, with the first ever Promoting Active Cities Throughout Europe (PACTE) workshop event taking place. This meeting of minds boasted attendees from across the major cities of Europe and was focussed on how cities can get their workplaces more active and reap all the benefits that offers. Two Liverpool City Region organisations were on-hand to show how this part of the UK is leading the way.
Representatives from both MSP and Liverpool City Council were invited to host round-table discussions on the theme of getting city workplaces more active. The two organisations have already had great success working together to roll out the Liverpool Active Workplaces initiative, which has seen 82 organisations register; 45% of those report a reduction in staff absenteeism’ and 91% report improved staff communication, morale and physical activity levels. The response from the other European delegates was extremely positive and it’s anticipated that many will be returning home, looking to adopt the Liverpool City Region model.
MSP is one of 43 Active Partnerships nationally, which support Sport England in getting the nation more active and has been leading the way within the network on this topic of Active Workplaces for some time. It’s committed to inspiring business right across the wider Liverpool City Region to enjoy the benefits of being more active too.
As part of that commitment, last week saw MSP run the Active Workplaces Business Games. Now in its 3rd year, the event gives workplaces and employees in the Liverpool City Region the chance to celebrate the benefits of being active with other like-minded organisations and individuals. This year 18 business teams and 120 individuals took part.
Danny Woodworth, MSP’s Adult Physical Activity and Sport Officer who orchestrated the Active Workplaces Business Games and also attended the PACTE workshop commented,
“I’ve been delighted to be out celebrating the benefits of workplaces being active this last week, both out in Brussels and closer to home. I’m looking forward to helping more organisations and employees benefit their bottom lines and overall wellbeing in the coming months and am urging anyone who wants to find out more to visit https://www.merseysidesport.com/about-us/products-services/active-workplaces/ ”