Are you looking for a staff activity that encourages team spirit while helping your employees to get fit and healthy? Perhaps the answer is a company sports team that can play against other teams in a local league. Ask your neighbourhood sports centres if they know of any company sports leagues in your area. If there aren't any, why not create one yourself? Read on for 4 great reasons to have a staff sports team in your company.
It Helps Create Healthier Staff
Playing a sport can be a great way to get your staff exercising and having fun with their co-workers. Healthier staff are less likely to suffer from illness -- a bonus if you're looking to cut down on the number of sick days people take. In addition to helping with physical health, playing a sport is a great way to alleviate work-related stress.
It Fosters a Strong Team Spirit
Creating a sports team can help build stronger bonds between staff. Those who don't want to play can get involved by cheering on their team at matches. In addition to forging stronger working relationships, playing on a team will encourage staff to communicate better and build trust. These benefits will ultimately be brought back into the office, making the workplace a more enjoyable place to be.
It Creates Opportunities for Your Business through Networking
Joining a league offers excellent networking opportunities for your business. It's a perfect opportunity to form links with other businesses in your area, potentially giving you a wider market for the goods or services you provide. It also gives your staff the chance to meet new people in a fun environment. What better time to make new connections than when everybody is full of exercise-induced hormones that make them feel happier?
Creating a League Is Relatively Easy
It's usually fairly easy and cheap to create a sports league. Contact other businesses in your area and choose a sport that will be fun and good exercise. Your staff can make suggestions about what they'd like to play. Get your employees a sports kit with your logo on it and take advantage of some free advertising for your business. Contact a corporate trophies supplier for awards for the league winners. It can be a nice touch to give all players on a winning team a small trophy to take home in addition to a large fancy one to be kept in the office.
The costs of awards and sporting premises can be covered by charging a league fee. If you're fortunate enough to be near a local park with green space, it's worth contacting the park management team to see if you can use the space for free.