Girl power hits full force for South Shields sports night

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Girl power took centre stage in South Tyneside as hard-working women swapped business for pleasure to show off their sporting skills.

Ten all-female teams from firms across the region pitched up at Temple Park Leisure Centre, in South Shields, for the inaugural Active Workplace This Girl Can Games held in the borough.

The ladies first proved a huge hit as teams from the likes of South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, Virgin Money, Gentoo and the Foundation of Light went head-to-head in a series of hotly-contested sporting pursuits.

The groups – comprised of between six and ten members – clocked off from the office to try their hand at sporty challenges ranging from archery, volleyball and gymnastics to football, netball, tennis and golf.

The girls from Virgin Money cashed in on some top performances to earn top spot in the three-hour extravaganza.

Jasmine Danby, Workplace Activity Manager at Tyne & Wear Sport, who organised the event, said: “The event was a great success.

“The event was a great success.”

Jasmine Danby

“It’s good to see individuals gaining so much enjoyment from something that is healthy and helps their businesses.

“Our Active Workplace Games have always been popular and there’s been a real demand for us to run a female only “This Girl Can” themed event. Hopefully, it will inspire some of them to maintain an active lifestyle.”

Volleyball England regional relationship manager Sam Jamieson said: “This is the fourth Active Workplace Games that we have been involved with.

“They are a great opportunity to show people our sport.

“The room was full of enthusiastic and competitive women enjoying not just volleyball but all of the challenges.”

The Active Workplace Games involves businesses from across Tyne and Wear who are encouraged to enter teams of employees into a multi-sport competitive challenge.

Organisers say not only are these events good for team building, but they encourage workplace employees to try out new sports and get more active.