Whether you’re a banker or a local butcher the world of work can be very competitive and stressful, with people working for long hours. With work often a 24-hour concern, having the time and motivation for fun and physical activity doesn’t come along often. With its quick, simple but competitive nature, rounders presents the perfect antidote for people looking for pure escapism. It’s also a great way of developing strong team bonds among co-workers. As people usually work in departments, one way of motivating people to play may be to organise an inter-departmental championship or league. Or maybe local businesses could compete against each other. The staff of a local chip shop could organise a regular game against local post office workers at the end of the road.

As well as giving regular weekly games that competitive edge, this would also foster stronger working relations amongst company colleagues. In fact, a lunch time game may give people working in large organisations the opportunity to meet colleagues from other departments who they haven’t met before.

To add even more incentive for players, a company could provide a prize for the winning team or subsidise the purchase of equipment or pitch rental. Who knows what might happen when Dave from IT catches out Cliff the Chief Executive?!

The regular scheduling of games against other local organisations might also encourage people to take up a rounders bat and ball.