First Wellbeing Through Sport webinar a success
Last week Team Police and Police Sport UK ran their first hugely successful webinar with over 50 attendees logging in on the night.
The majority attending were members of the police service but we also had current and potential sponsors/supporters as well as representatives from police support charities. We will be running a series of these events through to next summer, when maybe, just maybe we might be coming out of this awful period and can start to meet like human beings again, see some police sport and actually meet each other.
Sport is important, it is good for our health and mindfulness, and for our wellbeing. On the webinar we had a panel of Chief Constables; Matt Jukes CC South Wales & Chair PSUK, Andy Cooke CC Merseyside and Bill Skelly CC Lincs, the latter are both vice chairs of PSUK. One of the key messages that came from the webinar was that whilst we are emphasising sport for all, it is also about getting everyone more active and encouraging them to do that little bit extra to get the heart going and feel better. Yes we think its important to fund traditional sport but wider support is also essential so that everyone in the policing family feels encouraged to work on their own physical and mental fitness journey.
Matt Jukes summarised the approach in four R’s:
Increasing Resilience of staff through physical activity
Improving Rehabilitation through physical activity
Fitness mentors acting as Role models within the service
Reconnecting the workforce with the benefits of physical activity.
He believes, like everyone in TeamPolice, that there’s a real future at the heart of the wellbeing strategy for policing for physical activity and sport, and that over the next few years there is a recognition that physical fitness sits alongside that of mental health and wellbeing.
Bill Skelly in his opening remarks set the tone for the night when he stated, “I think there is a sea-change all around us in peoples’ appreciation of what it means to be healthy and what it means to encourage health within your workplace”.
Team Police and PSUK are passionate about promoting sport and physical activity in our police forces. We share this passion with many like-minded organisations and individuals who are keen to show their support for this important cause.
Our series of webinars aims to get the conversation going between Policing leaders and other organisations who consider sporting activity as an essential element to wellbeing in the police. Each event will consist of a short inspirational story to highlight how sport is helping our police family followed by a panel discussion, led by senior police officers, with time for Q and A’s from the audience.
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