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363,937 Danes play sports with their colleagues

Humans have been playing sports since the Greeks competed in Olympia in 800 BC, but not until the mid-1800s did Danes begin organising sports at the workplace.

Publiceret: 13.12.2017
Af Sara Krog P. Knudsen mail

Industrialisation meant that companies grew and gained more employees. Meanwhile, a need arose to meet with colleagues in contexts other than work.

Companies began organising sports in clubs, which were later gathered to form a large federation. Today, the Danish Federation for Company Sports has around 364,00 active members, distributed amongst 80 clubs throughout the entire country and is the third-largest sports federation in Denmark.

Back then it started with rowing, gymnastics and football, but today Danes do everything from Thai boxing to eSports with their colleagues.

What does it mean for your company that employees do sports together?

“We know that doing sports helps create networks across the organisation. We have a lot of different employee groups, but when the boss is sitting next to the manufacturing employee on a spin bike, we see that we’re all the same.”

— Michael Stubbe, Vice President, HR, Kamstrup

Types of sports: Football, volleyball, badminton, fitness, spinning and yoga

Types of employees: Primarily engineers and manufacturing employees

Number of employees: 900 in Denmark

How are company sports organised at Grundfos?

“We have a big, volunteer-run company sports club with over 3,500 members, which was founded over 50 years ago. It functions like any other sports club, and we have our own pitches and a handball court. Our activities primarily take place at our headquarters in Bjerringbro, but we also have activities in Viborg and Aarhus, because we have many employees who commute.”

— Sten H. Gregersen, IT consultant and chairman of Grundfos’ sports club GHS.
 
Types of sports: Over 30 different activities, from zumba to mountain biking

Types of employees: Engineers and technicians

Number of employees: 4,500 in Denmark

We know that doing sports helps create networks across the organisation.

VICE PRESIDENT MICHAEL STUBBE, KAMSTRUP
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PUBLISHED: 12/13/2017 LAST MODIFIED: 12/13/2017