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10 steps to success when running an office sports day    

18 August 2023    |    By: Nathan Bentley

In the hustle and bustle of the corporate world, it's easy to overlook the importance of employee wellbeing and team building. An office sports day can be an excellent way to inject some fun and energy into the workplace while fostering a bit of healthy competition among colleagues. This event not only provides a break from the monotony of daily tasks but also promotes a healthier work culture. Organising a successful office sports day requires careful planning and consideration. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you bring the spirit of sports to your workplace.

1. Define your objectives: Before diving into the logistics, define the goals of your office sports day. Are you aiming to enhance teamwork, boost morale, or simply provide a recreational break? Identifying your objectives will shape the event's structure and activities.

2. Select suitable activities: Choose a mix of activities that cater to different interests and fitness levels. Classic games like tug-of-war, relay races, sack races, and three-legged races are ideal for fostering healthy competition. Consider incorporating team-building exercises like trust falls or a human knot to strengthen collaboration. If you’re limited on space, consider activities that can be carried out within the office space such as board games or video games.

3. Get planning: Coordinate across your teams to plan the event logistics. Decide on a suitable date and time that minimises disruption to your normal business activity. Allocate responsibilities for event coordination, activity management, and safety considerations as well as people to actually moderate the events on the day (referees, marshals etc).

4. Set up the teams: Randomly assign employees to teams or let them choose their teammates. Mixing individuals from different departments can encourage networking and give people the chance to get to know staff from different areas of the business. Alternatively, focus the competition on existing teams to give those who work together the chance to get to know each other even better.

5. Promote participation: Generate excitement by sending out playful invitations and event teasers beforehand. Encourage employee participation by highlighting the benefits of engaging in the sports day – stress relief, improved fitness, and a chance to showcase hidden talents. You could perhaps run the event as a fundraiser to support a local charity or a cause that your staff can really get behind.

6. Get the right equipment: Gather the necessary equipment and resources for each activity. This could include sports equipment, first aid kits, water stations, and any props needed for the games. Ensure that the chosen location, whether indoors or outdoors, is spacious and safe and is able to accommodate any additional resources you need to bring in.

7. Embrace diversity: Select a variety of activities that cater to different interests and abilities. Consider including both physical and mental challenges to accommodate a diverse range of participants to really enhance the competitive nature of the event and allow your teams to get the most from it.

8. Create an atmosphere: Use this as an opportunity for the whole office to get behind the event to build a competitive atmosphere on the day. Perhaps offer the chance for teams to win awards for taking part in different activities, or, set up a target if you’re running a fundraiser to really motivate those who are taking part.

9. Capture the moments: Assign someone to capture photographs and videos throughout the day. These visual memories will not only serve as mementos but could also be shared on internal platforms to extend the positive vibes and give your staff a talking point for months to come. Moreover, these sorts of activities can make for a chance to generate some great content to use in your external marketing, such as on your website or across social media channels.

10. Fuel the momentum: Don't let the enthusiasm fade after the event. Consider running smaller, regular activities or challenges to keep the momentum going and maintain the excitement post-event. This is particularly important if you decide to run a charity fundraiser as more momentum could lead to more donations to help support your local charity or cause.

An office sports day is more than just a break from the work routine; it's an opportunity to strengthen relationships, build trust, and create lasting memories. By focusing on inclusive activities, teamwork, and fun, you can bring real spirit to your workplace, fostering a healthier and happier work environment for everyone involved.

Nathan Bentley
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Nathan is a content writer at Premierline with over 5 years’ experience, specialising in news and current affairs which impact small businesses across various industries. Nathan is passionate about discussing topics that affect the workplace, covering everything from human resources, to emerging and disruptive technologies. In the past, Nathan has written for a number of different businesses, working within a wide range of industries from financial technology to hospitality and even men’s fashion.
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