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10 Oct 2018

  • First transport company to introduce nationwide staff wellness scheme
  • 8-week kickstart programme covers physical and mental wellbeing
  • Project designed by wellness coach Ellie Hopley and supported by TV star Ferne McCann



Transport company Stagecoach has launched an innovative fitness and wellbeing programme for its UK Bus employees.

The home-based #DrivingFitnessTogether plan aims to help the Stagecoach staff improve their physical and emotional health through a series of videos covering physical workouts as well as other aspects of wellbeing including nutrition, hydration, stress management, goal setting, confidence and sleep management.

The programme – launched during Stagecoach’s Wellbeing & Safety Week - was devised specifically for Stagecoach employees by wellness coach Ellie Hopley and it is thought that Stagecoach has become the first transport company in the country to deliver a nationwide staff wellness initiative.

The company previously piloted the plan with a group of around 100 employees and those who took part saw some fantastic results in line with their individual aims which included weight loss, improved fitness levels and improved confidence.

Employees reported losing weight, feeling fitter, taking part in new activities for the first time, attending new fitness classes, feeling health benefits and improving their confidence.

To roll out the progamme to its 24,000 UK Bus employees, a series of videos have been recorded which will be made available to staff through the company intranet. These videos – which also feature Stagecoach employees - cover an 8-week physical workout plan as well as guidance on all aspects of wellbeing. Employees will also have access to a wellbeing guide and exercise plan in booklet form.

TV presenter Ferne McCann, who previously learned how to drive a bus with Stagecoach, and stars in the videos, said: “This is such a fantastic initiative and it’s just great that Stagecoach is making this programme available to so many employees. I’ve tried it and I know it works so I want to wish everyone well in their fitness journey and hope they enjoy it along the way.”


Wellness coach Ellie Hopley said: “It’s a real privilege to be given the chance to deliver this wellbeing programme to thousands of Stagecoach staff and I’m delighted to be involved in this project.


“Looking after our own wellbeing is massively important and it can improve all areas of our lives. If we’re healthier, fitter and stronger, it can have benefits for our mental health as well and help us make better decisions and do a better job.


“The beauty of this programme is that it can be done at home, in your own time, and to your own level so I really hope the Stagecoach staff take advantage of it, enjoy it and feel the benefits.”


Stagecoach East Midlands Managing Director, Matt Cranwell, said: “The wellbeing of our staff is hugely important. We all spend a large part of our lives at work so it’s important that we support each other and look after our health. This initiative is another example of the innovative steps we are taking around wellbeing and we hope employees will make the most of this fantastic opportunity to find out more about how to stay healthy and happy.”


Stagecoach East Midlands bus drivers will be given ideas for exercises and healthy eating options available to them to try at work or at home. Health checks with a representative from Total Fitness are being offered at Hull and Lincoln Bus Station.


This week marks Stagecoach’s Wellbeing & Safety Week, part of the Group’s four-week Getting There Together campaign which focuses on the key areas of customer service, safety, wellbeing, community, environment and inclusion.


The promotional video for the campaign can be found here -