Compass Point team in Global Corporate Challenge


A local government finance team has been nominated for a county sports award following success in a worldwide challenge aimed at getting people more active

A team from Compass Point Business Services (East Coast) Ltd, which works for East Lindsey District Council, has taken the keep fit world by storm in the Global Corporate Challenge which has resulted in a nomination in the Lincolnshire Sports Award.

The team, more used to working with figures than working out, was named as the second highest local government team in the global challenge aimed at getting people more active.

Since May, nearly 200 staff across the Council have been counting their steps and attempting to push themselves to undertake as many steps per day as possible in teams of seven as part of the Global Corporate Challenge.

The challenge was part of the countywide icount programme aimed at improving the health of public sector staff.

The best performing team at the council was headed by George Gustard and also included Stuart Leafe, Ross Evans, Ed Brindle, Chris Hook, Sean Howsam and Rod Ayton.

Over the 16 week programme, they clocked up an amazing 12,500km between them with a total of 25,000 steps against the authority average of 13,000. This was a mixture of walking, running, cycling and swimming and also included the men playing a range of sports including cricket, golf and football. The recommended number of steps for a healthy lifestyle is 10,000 per day.

The team’s success saw the men shortlisted in the Contribution to Physical Activity category of the Lincolnshire Sports Awards 2013. The award will recognise an individual or group which has made an outstanding contribution to physical activity. The awards ceremony will take place on November 7 at the Lincolnshire Showground.

Team member Stuart Leafe said: “Our team is pleased to have been recognised for our hard work over the course of GCC’s 16 week event by being shortlisted for an award by the Lincolnshire Sports Partnership. At the beginning of the event we didn’t expect to finish 355th globally, 26th in the UK, 2nd in UK Local Government and 1st in East Lindsey. All of the team put a lot of effort into the event so it’s nice to think that our efforts have been noticed locally.”

The team battled against 37,442 teams across the world and were named as 2nd highest achieving team in local government, 26th in the UK and 355th in the world.