Businesses across Teesside, Hartlepool, Sunderland and Newcastle are being invited to sign up for the Workplace Sailing Challenge!

This summer, sailing is part of the national Workplace Challenge, which aims to promote sport, physical activity and healthy living across the UK’s workplaces.

Among the venues taking part is Tees & Hartlepool Yacht Club, where companies can join in by entering a team of three for an enjoyable six week ‘learn to sail’ course on Wednesday evenings, starting on June 6.

Training will be on the calm waters of Middleton Harbour in both single and doublehanded dinghies to suit people with different degrees of agility, with all the necessary kit and equipment provided.

Teams will then have the chance to take on other companies in a fun finale to compete for the title of Workplace Sailing Challenge Champions!

Sam Usher, RYA North East Regional Development Officer, said: “By connecting with local companies we’re hoping to show people how easy and fun it is to go sailing locally after a busy day at work.

“The course is aimed at beginners, so no prior experience is needed, and over the six weeks RYA Instructors will help teams to develop their skills so they can sail with confidence, including learning some basic racing techniques!”

Healthier and more active workplaces have been proven to have happier and more productive workforces. Research suggests exercise can reduce absenteeism by up to 23.5% and staff turnover by 16% (Bupa 2015).

The Workplace Sailing Challenge has been running nationally for two years with benefits for teams from a variety of organisations, ranging from small independent firms and schools to large companies such as Aviva.

Workers have gained in confidence and morale, got to know their colleagues better and improved their health - all at an accessible cost compared to traditional corporate team building activities, at just £99 per person, £297 per team.

Find out more about the Workplace Sailing Challenge and book in your workplace team today for a whole new adventure!