Press Release: Specialist Sports Offers Charitable Support as Preferred Supplier

Recognising the importance of physical activity to those serving in the Royal Air Force and with an opportunity to support the charity that is the lifeline for RAF Sport, Specialist Sports has come on board as the RAF Central Fund’s preferred supplier of footwear, clothing and equipment.

By teaming up with one of the country’s best suppliers of adidas products, the Fund will be able to offer serving personnel applying for individual support a large range of footwear, clothing and equipment from more than 10 adidas performance sports categories. Every purchase made through Specialist Sports’ online store will see the sports distributor make a charitable donation to the RAF Central Fund so that it can further its mission to support sport and physical activities across the RAF.

We are delighted to announce Specialist Sports as our preferred supplier of sporting kit for our beneficiaries,” says Ross Perriam, CEO of the RAF Central Fund. “They have a vast offering of the latest adidas performance products under categories which mirror some RAF Association sports including hockey, running, cricket, boxing, tennis, football and more.  I’m certain our beneficiaries will be able to find some great sports gear that more than suits their needs, plus everything that is bought via their online store will help us raise more funds to continue our charitable work.”

From 1 January 2021, anyone applying for an individual sports grant will be encouraged to source their requirements from Specialist Sports through a simple online process. By purchasing in this way, beneficiaries of the RAF Central Fund’s support can help their RAF charity with the knowledge that the Fund will receive a charitable donation as a result.

We are delighted that RAFCF has chosen Specialist Sports as its preferred supplier. Together, we will enable serving personnel to take part in physical activity, to help support both mental and physical health. For every product purchased, we will support with a donation to allow RAFCF to continue supporting those who need it most,” says John Tayler, Director, Specialist Sports.

Why We Encourage Sports Activity in the Workplace

Exercise doesn’t just improve your physical fitness, aerobic capacity and muscle mass, it can benefit your mental health too. From reducing stress to decreasing the risk of depression, encouraging sports activities in the workplace has numerous benefits.

Here’s our top 5 reasons why:

1.Exercise Reduces Stress

If you’re feeling stressed you’ll likely not only suffer mentally but incur physical symptoms too. These include tension in your body, an increased heart rate, and the inability to get a good night’s sleep.

As physical symptoms develop, stresses develop, and the cycle continues. Relieving these symptoms can be supported by exercise as it helps reduce stress hormones. The rhythm of your movement whilst running, for example, helps you block out worries and encourages you to focus solely on your body.

2. ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’

Many people notice a significant positive impact on their mood after taking part in physical activity. We’ve all heard about ‘runners high’ – it describes the ‘good feeling’ you have when you exercise, which is caused by chemicals being released in your brain during exercise. The good chemicals help improve your mood and make you feel more alert.

3. Productivity Increases with Exercise

When you experience stress, a common reaction is to not go to work at all. By introducing exercise at work, like a short lunchtime run or an exercise class you may see a reduction in high levels of absenteeism. Exercise is a stress reliever and a positive method of reducing the time taken off work.

4. Job Performance Improves

Employee job performance has a direct impact on business, so increasing the quality of work can make a huge difference in profitability. Even small amounts of exercise including a 15-minute walk around the block or a short jog at lunchtime can improve job performance and productivity.

5. Exercise Encourages Team Building

You’re more likely to spend time with colleagues in your team compared to colleagues in the office who you don’t often interact with for work purposes. Creating sports teams, clubs or groups can be the chance you need to speak to new people and meet new people outside of your ‘work bubble’. Interacting with new people, and spending quality time with work colleagues improves internal relationships.

As a result, you can see spikes in team morale, motivation, and energy levels.