Using football to tackle mental health
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Earlier this year we partnered with GoJoe to launch a challenge that encouraged our colleagues to focus on their wellbeing and have a chance at winning a £500 donation to a charitable cause.
Not many people get the chance to go up against an England football legend at work! This summer we encouraged our colleagues to focus on their physical and mental wellbeing with our Go!23 challenge. This new inclusive wellbeing challenge has been made possible by GoJoe, a social fitness app that’s been developed and grown through our very own Business Accelerator programme which helps support entrepreneurs and start-ups.
We even got Jill Scott MBE, former England international footballer and Women’s 2022 Euros winner, on the team to take part!
In a nutshell, it was a team-based virtual activity challenge happening on the GoJoe app, running for two weeks in June. Teams of up to 7 people worked together to log their activities, and the winning team will win £500 to donate to a charity of their choosing.
Exercise is usually more fun when you’re doing something you enjoy. Our colleagues took part in over 40 activities including cycling, golf, yoga, Pilates, netball, cricket, swimming, and lots more.
However, Go!23 was about more than just physical exercise & everyday movement. GoJoe’s app supports our colleagues with four pillars of wellbeing – Move, Fuel, Rest, Feel. Go!23 gave our colleagues the opportunity to explore and take care of their nutrition, sleep, mental health, and mindfulness alongside the physical activity.
We know that one in four people experience mental health problems in any given year, we are fully committed to the Mental Health at Work Commitment actively working to remove the stigma of mental health in the workplace. Our colleagues have the chance to use GoJoe to rest by slowing down and finding balance as well as aiming to feel improvements in emotional, social and mental health.
Even with the competition coming to a close our colleagues still feel the lasting benefits of working towards improving their physical and mental wellbeing.
Learn more about how we support our colleagues wellbeing including physical and mental health.Go to Wellbeing