Teamwork - a walk in the park?

What keeps a team together? How do we ensure that team members are working towards a shared goal? In the world of sport it’s all about the winning, but in business it can be more complicated than that, and understanding these motivations can be key to effective team working. This is why for all kinds of business, taking staff off-site, away from the day-to-day pressures for some fun team building challenges can be a real eye-opener, and a cost-effective way of improving team dynamics.

“In a new setting people behave differently,” says Dave Greenaway from Stanwick Lakes, one of the trainers who works at the Northamptonshire countryside attraction. “Colleagues may see a new strength in someone usually quiet and reserved, and it is not just the ‘usual suspects’ who may shine as natural leaders for a task.”

The 750 acre nature reserve is managed by local charity Rockingham Forest Trust, and offers a wide range of team days, from low impact fun, indoors or out, to challenges focussed on addressing specific business issues with an experienced trainer.

We match the activities to the goal

“Our customers come from a wide spectrum of organisations, from the private, public and voluntary sectors,” says Dave. “We always work to understand what it is that they hope to gain from their day, by asking them some careful questions before they arrive. That way we can match the activities to the goal, and tailor the day to the individual company’s requirements. The common factor is that full access to beautiful Stanwick Lakes comes as standard!”

For some participants just being ‘out in nature’ on a team treasure hunt around the site is what bonds the team together. Spotting birds, following clues, even performing and filming a team rain dance! Others love the more adrenalin-fuelled experience of the assault course challenge.

Whole or half day packages are available (half days can be combined with a half day own meeting – a popular choice) and range from high level outdoor activities, to those which can be done seated and indoors. Options include:

- Den building in our wooded area

- Treasure hunt: a trail to find clues around the site – on foot or on bikes

- Learning a new craft or skill as a team – everything from pottery to baking

- Dig Pit Detectives – solving archaeological puzzles in our very own dig pit

- And blindfold assault course challenges, orienteering plus many more……

Buffet lunch, teas and coffees and use of the business-equipped lakeside function room are included in the package.

“We had a fantastic day with the team at Stanwick Lakes. You made us so welcome and it was an absolute pleasure to work with you all. The team building exercises certainly enabled us to come together as one.” The Stroke Association.

For more information ring 01933 625522, email info@stanwicklakes.org.uk quoting code ATB218 or visit www.stanwicklakes.org.uk