Cornish companies battle it out at the Beach Games
Last week over 25 Cornish companies battled it out, all in the name of fun, at a unique barefoot sports event.
The Cornwall Corporate Beach Games saw approximately 280 people come together to compete in a series of fun activities at Newquay's Tolcarne Beach on Friday 15 July.
A first for the county, the new event was co-organised by Cornwall College, the NHS Healthy Workplace Programme and the Cornwall Sports Partnership to give Cornish companies the chance to have some active fun outdoors with their fellow colleagues. It was originally due to take place in June but was postponed due to bad weather and merged with Cornwall College's annual Staff Games.
Nearly 280 competitors made up the twenty six teams that took part, coming from the Cornwall College sites, including: St Austell, Camborne, Saltash, Duchy College and Falmouth Marine School; and from companies from as far west as Penwith Housing Association, right across the county to Ginsters in the East.
There was activity all day for the competitors starting in the morning with several rounds of beach games, including beach volleyball, soccer and handball. Teams then took to the water for the surf board paddle relay, before a final test of strength and stamina in the tug 'o' war event.
As this was the first combined event there were separate awards for the College and workplace event and a prize for the best sand sculpture, but the major objective of the day was to have fun and get involved in team building with work colleagues; everything was designed to encourage healthy participation.
Russell Lawrance, Director of Sport & Public Services, Head of A Levels for the College, remarked: "People are naturally competitive but the idea of the whole event is not so much about winning, it is about getting staff together from all the College sites and departments and, this year, colleagues from companies and businesses which is simply great for morale.
"It really is fantastic to see the commitment and passion in which people throw themselves into this and there is genuine elation and disappointment on their faces when the results are announced!"
Mike Thomas, Director of The Cornwall Sports Partnership, presented the trophies to the workplace winners. He commented: "This event provided workplaces with a range of informal sports and activities, on the beach and in the water, it was fun, at times it was tough but all day all we saw was smiles. At the end there were tired and weary bodies but all day the teams and individuals took to the events and the activities with plenty of enthusiasm."
Rachel Faulkner, NHS Workplace Health Coordinator, commented: "It's fantastic to be able to offer such an exciting event and inject a bit of fun to the end of a working week. We hoped the Beach Games would give employees the chance to have some fun with their workmates, meet new people and get a bit more active; going by people's faces on the day, we 100% succeeded!"
Due to the success of the event and the demand it attracted, the organisers are already putting steps in place to repeat a similar event next year. If you would be interested in taking part next year, contact Rachel Faulkner at the NHS Health Promotion Service on 01209 313419 / Rachel.Faulkner@CIOSPCT.cornwall.nhs.uk . If you can't wait a year, Rachel will also be able to tell you more about the 'Healthy Workplace Award' that your company could start to work towards now.
The companies participating in the 2011 Cornwall Beach Games were as follows:
Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust, St Austell
GE Money, Truro
Cornwall & Isles of Scilly NHS Health Promotion Team, Redruth
Coastline Housing Ltd, Camborne
Penwith Housing Association, Penzance
Outlook South West, Countywide
2nd Outlook South West
3rd Coastline Housing Ltd