A COLLEGE has scooped a prestigious prize at the Cheshire & Warrington Sports Partnership awards.
West Cheshire College won the Healthy and Active Workplace Award during a glittering ceremony at Mere Golf and Country Club in Cheshire, which was attended by more than 250 guests.
The award recognises the college’s contribution towards improving and supporting employee health, physical activity and wellbeing.
This has been achieved through numerous initiatives and activities such as Latin dance classes, a running club, a six-a-side football team, and a cycle to work scheme, which allows staff to lease a bike through the college.
The college also hosts an annual Healthy Living Week – with activities including a stop smoking service, health checks, speed walking, healthy eating, Pilates and outdoor fitness – and has a panel made up of staff and representatives of the primary care trust who meet regularly.
The award, sponsored by M&M Associates, was picked up by the college’s sports programme leader Suzie Hobson.
She said: “We are constantly coming up with new and interesting ways for employees to enjoy an active lifestyle and to have been recognised for it is a real boost.
“Not only do we encourage staff to take part in activities within college but also outside of it too. This year a group of employees undertook the National Three Peaks Challenge, climbing Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis in under 24 hours, and it was such a success that next year they are doing the Six Peaks Challenge.
“We are thrilled to have won this award and will continue to develop initiatives for staff in the future.”
The Healthy & Active Workplace Award was one of ten categories in the awards scheme, which recognises the achievements of volunteers, coaches, clubs and participants and celebrates the dedication of local sporting talent.