NHS North West Games 2012
Around 500 NHS staff took part in an Olympic style sports day in Merseyside.
The health workers – doctors, nurses, porters, admin and ambulance staff – came from 25 NHS trusts in Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire to be part of a full day of games at Kirkby Sport College.
Olympians Beth Tweddle and David Price presented prizes and congratulated everyone who took part.
Bronze medal winning gymnast Beth described the pitfalls she overcame along the way to her London 2012 triumph.
“People asked me if I was disappointed not to get silver and gold but I wasn’t; I just felt huge relief that I had finally done it when it was my last shot at the Olympics.
“Finally my Olympic dream had come true after so many setbacks. I would urge you to keep going and keep going and eventually you too will achieve your dream.”
British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion and Olympic bronze medalist David Price described how sport gave him inspiration as a teenager to work hard and achieve in school as well as in the boxing ring.
“Sport has given me everything I have got in life. When I was growing up in the shadow of the Kop I just played football; but when I was 14 and didn’t get into Liverpool FC schoolboys I tried boxing and found I was good at it.
“It just shows you shouldn’t be afraid to try another sport, you never know if there is something else you can do well.”
Competitions included football, netball, badminton, rounders, table tennis and athletics.
The event was part of the region’s response to the NHS 2012 Challenge, which calls on health organisations to get as many staff as possible involved in physical activity.
Andy Worthington, the chair of the North West’s 2012 Steering Group, revealed that the region beat Yorkshire in the medal tally at the Olympic Games and would have come fifth overall if entered as a country.
“The North West has some of the best sporting talent in the country and I would urge you not to forget the fantastic London Olympics; you must make sport part of your life and be inspired to continue with a healthier lifestyle – that is the true legacy of London 2012.”
Achievements to date
The Walton Centre’s received a Gold Ribbon Mark by the NHS Sport and Physical Activity Challenge for all of its health and wellbeing efforts. The NHS North West Games steering group also received a Silver Ribbon Mark.
How we did it
The NHS NW Games was co-ordinated by HR Director Amanda Oates from The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust and led by a steering group of staff from the participating trusts.
Participating trusts were:
The Walton Centre
Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital
Aintree University Hospital
North West Ambulance Service
5 Boroughs Partnership
Wirral Community NHS Trust
Liverpool Community Health
Mid Cheshire Hospitals
Clatterbridge Cancer Centre
Community Healthcare NHS Trust
East Lancashire Hospitals
St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals
Manchester Mental Health and Social Care
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership
Central Manchester University Hospital
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
Liverpool Women’s Hospital
Warrington and Halton Hospitals
Results and next steps
Feedback from participants and the steering group was hugely positive, with comments about how to improve the event next year. With this in mind the planning process for the next NHS North West Games has already begun.
This year’s event will be hosted in June, in order to hopefully avoid bad weather conditions.