Station Health and Wellbeing week

To coincide with the easing of social distancing and step 3 of the National COVID roadmap relaxations in England, RAF Coningsby’s Station Commander, Gp Capt Peterson, allowed RAF Coningsby personnel the opportunity for a Health & Wellbeing Week 17-21 May 21.

The aim of the week was to plan a wide range of activities and events to increase social interaction, reengage the Station community, and advertise groups/clubs and sports on Station. It was also to provide support to personnel following a challenging 12+ months of restrictions.

The week consisted of opening several H&W facilities including a Multi-Use Games Arena (MUGA) which was organised by Ben Rossi. This was funded by the RAF Central Fund and can facilitate tennis, basketball, and netball amongst other activities. After the opening ceremony the new facility was immediately utilised to host a basketball competition organised by Elliot Goldsmith, which started the proceedings with a free throw competition between Stn Cdr Peterson and Wg Cdr Warner Vs Mr Perriam and Claire Bunten from the Central Fund. The Stn Cdr and Wg Cdr proved to be too accurate for the Central Fund Team and took the win.

RAF Coningsby also hosted guests from the Wax Chandlers, BAE Systems and the Nuffield Trust to open the new Apiary and Wellbeing garden organised by Fg Off Prout. The Garden has been created to allow people to reflect, relax and engage with nature. There has also been a bee-keeping course organised by Dawn Cook for 9 enthusiastic beekeepers to maintain the beehives safely.

There were many other physical activities throughout the week, including a mental health symposium, wakeboarding supported by Tattershall Lakes, bushcraft sessions to educate people on foraging, fire lighting, shelter building and other survival skills, and high ropes and canoeing which received laudatory comments from all concerned. Mental challenges were also featured, including coding for beginners, gaming and e-sports competitions, and opportunities to partake in a virtual reality shooting simulation.

There was also a myriad of sports on offer, including free golf sessions at RAF Woodhall’s course organised by Sgt Chellin, X-Fit sessions for beginners, and a netball competition organised by SAC Stanton between Officers and Juniors, with the Juniors taking the win. The Station’s own football team managed to defeat BAE Systems in a friendly football match, while others enjoyed partaking in spinning, broga, archery and axe-throwing. The sports finale came at the end of the week with the CO’s Cup event which consisted of 8 teams of 6 people, delivered by Cpl Nixon. Everyone stayed warm during the event with a mixture of tyre flips, dummy drags, jerry can lifts and leopard crawls. C4I had the combined oldest team in the event which included a 58-year-old reservist. The ALI team proved too strong for the rest of the competitors and were victorious on the day who collected their well-earned trophy from Gp Capt Peterson.

Overall, the week was a huge success by giving the Station community the chance to take part in some new activities reconnect socially, all with the benefit of improving people’s health and wellbeing concurrently.

By Flt Lt Will Higham

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