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27th August 2021

CTS Announces the Winners of their VP GO: Destination GO Challenge

On May 26th, CTS 165-strong workforce set off on the heavily anticipated, company-wide VP GO: Destination GO challenge.

VP GO is a health and wellbeing programme, combining daily wellbeing content, gamification, virtual challenges, and digital coaching, which enables organisations to come together to gain the knowledge, tools and support needed to build new healthy habits.

For the integrated 9-week virtual activity challenge, Destination GO, CTS staff members split up into teams of seven, and worked together to accumulate ‘steps’ to unlock certain virtual destinations around the world map to reach Tokyo, Japan. As this year’s challenge focused on the Tokyo Olympics, each location unlocked shared insight into the locations’ history with the famed games. From Athens, Greece to Rabat, Morocco, to Chamonix, France, we spent our lockdown virtually travelling around the world and working towards a healthier lifestyle along the way.

As a company, we collectively walked a total of 28,225,610 steps or 14,113 miles, which is the equivalent from walking from the North Pole to the South Pole! Over the period of our journey, we burned over 2,357,377 calories, equating to 3,043 chocolate cakes, 13,769 bottles of wine white or 3,726 cheeseburgers – incredible work!

And now, on to our winners:

Winning Teams (Total Steps)

  • The A Team – 3,144,202 steps
    (Dannii Burton, Enrica Krivinskatie, James Hughes, Emilia Kusmierczuk, Scott Baker)
  • Unlucky Team 13 – 2,884,030 steps
    (Mal Ali, Matt Torrens, Jamie Ewins, Rebecca Pearmaine, Olly Atkin)

  • The Red Hot Chili Steppers – 2,663,057 steps
    (Fiona Hamilton, Corey Boucher, Nick Johnson, Ian Bernhardt, Aaron Naisbitt)

Winning Teams (Avg. Steps)

  • Unlucky Team 13 – 721,007 steps
    (Mal Ali, Matt Torrens, Jamie Ewins, Rebecca Pearmaine, Olly Atkin)
  • The Red Hot Chili Steppers – 532,611 steps
    (Fiona Hamilton, Corey Boucher, Nick Johnson, Ian Bernhardt, Aaron Naisbitt)
  • The A Team – 524,033 steps
    (Dannii Burton, Enrica Krivinskatie, James Hughes, Emilia Kusmierczuk, Scott Baker)

Top 5 Steppers

  • Dannii Burton, Procurement Assistant – 1,394,390 steps
  • Mal Ali, Technical Services Manager – 1,246,056 steps
  • Danny Killeen, Strategic Consulting – 1,060,011 steps
  • Paul Burgess, Systems Analyst – 1,058,950 steps
  • Matt Dyson, Senior Professional Services Consultant – 1,049,742 steps

Our #1 Top Stepper, Dannii, comments: “The VP Go was a nice challenge, beating Mal was the highlight of my year – ha! It’s nuts to think how many “steps” go into everyday workouts and general life stuff. Was nice to see something come out of my daily routines.”

Nigel Wright, CEO of CTS, says: “Participating in VP GO has been a real journey for us as a company, both literally and figuratively. VP GO truly harnesses the power of friendly, team-based competition, which has helped our people connect across departments and offices, giving us all a common experience to discuss, connect and bond.”

“Our staff are our main priority, and CTS recognised the importance of establishing new ways of enabling collaboration, strong working relationships and a culture of wellbeing,” Nigel concludes.

As part of CTS’ VP GO experience, we tied in a fundraising element to sit beside our company-wide Destination GO challenge. As CTS virtually raced around the world, we came together to raise money in aid of Theirworld. We are proud to announce that in total we raised £760.00!!

Theirworld’s mission is to ensure that every child has the best start in life, a safe place to learn, and skills for the future – unlocking the potential of the most vulnerable children in the UK and around the world.

We would like to thank all those who contributed to this brilliant cause.

Additionally, The A Team, winners of the Team Total Steps award, will also receive £500 to donate to their chosen charity. We look forward to seeing which charity this donation is received by over the coming weeks.

It’s been fantastic to see our staff fully embrace this challenge and see the health benefits from participating. We look forward to seeing what we can all achieve next.