Darren fires gun on new sports firm aimed at companies

Darren Padgett, Director of TeamActivPlus, based at the DMC in Barnsley.
Darren Padgett, Director of TeamActivPlus, based at the DMC in Barnsley.
Have your say

A former PE teacher who already runs a successful sport business for schools is on his marks to take the idea into companies.

Darren Padgett’s Team Activ works with more than 60 schools, mainly in Barnsley, running sports competitions, clubs and training teachers.

In Team Activ Plus the company will work with businesses, running corporate sports leagues and encouraging after-work activities.

The plans are being supported by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, a partner in the South Yorkshire Sector Growth Enhancement Programme.

Darren, who was head of PE at the school where Kes was filmed and has nearly 30 years’ experience in school sports, said: “Having a fit and healthy workforce can make a lot of difference to productivity, morale, staff retention and sickness rates.

“Research by Sheffield Hallam University shows that for every pound spent on wellbeing you’ll save three times that in sickness absence alone. So it makes sense for an employer to think about it, both from being a good employer and having a happy workforce, but also thinking about the bottom line.”

Darren set up Team Activ in 2011 after being made redundant from running the Schools Sports Partnership in Barnsley.

Team Activ, which is a social enterprise, immediately signed up with 40 local schools to run their inter-schools competitions. It has now expanded so that it works with every secondary school in Barnsley and more than half of primaries.