Getting Physical in the Workplace

Powys Council workers get on their bikes

Powys Council employees enjoying the benefits of cyclingEmployees at Powys County Council needed a healthy break from the usual routine at the office. Being shut indoors all day was impacting health and morale - and the great outdoors beckoned with opportunities for keeping fit.

The Local Authority responded to the call and turned to the Sports Council. We helped them secure a Community Chest grant of £747 so their workforce could bike their way to better health.

The cash was used to buy bikes, pumps and repair kits, cycling helmets, security chains and high visibility jackets.

Then the Sports Council helped the authority initiate cycling activities – spearheaded by a programme for employees to use off-road cycling routes alongside the Brecon canal.

And it wasn’t just seasoned cyclists who took advantage of the scheme. Beginners were supported by the Council’s own Cycling Proficiency officer, teaching road safety to employees who were keen to take to the tracks.

The programme’s ongoing success is being monitored with a booking system, recording who is using the bikes and taking advantage of the opportunity.

Employees are now enjoying the benefits of outdoor activity before, during and after their workday - with just a little help from the Sports Council for Wales.