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How does sport relieve stress? | An interview with Recruitment Consultant, Adam Hyams

Hobbies and interests outside of work play a vital role in wellbeing and reducing stress. According to Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing, Mind, one in six workers are experiencing stress, anxiety and depression*.

As part of stress awareness month, we interviewed our very own Adam Hyams, international and three-time European gold medallist in Roller Derby, to see how his passion in the sport brings positivity to his daily activities as a recruitment consultant.

What is roller derby you might ask? Here’s a useful video explaining the full contact sport:

  1. How long have you been playing and what got you into the sport?

“I’ve played roller derby for six years now, but I first started skating when I was seven. At 15 I started playing Roller Hockey, before taking up Roller Derby at 18.”

  1. What are your ambitions?

“A personal aim of mine is to play in my 3rd World Cup in St. Louis 2020. Having plans and goals in place early in the process reduces the stress factors, as I can regularly identify areas to improve on, and allows me to see what I need to work on specifically to ensure I meet my own personal expectations.

“At 21, I won my first Silver medal at the World Cup in Calgary 2016, and followed that up with another in Barcelona 2018. Being able to potentially add a third medal to accompany the previous two would be fantastic. We have a number of British and European games coming up throughout the season, and these games and tournaments offer great learning experiences that can allow me to adapt and modify my plans. Each game provides different challenges and identifying how to change my gameplay style to accommodate for these challenges can be both stressful and rewarding (if done right!)

“The Tournament Season tends to kick in between September and October, with British Championships, followed by World Championships, and then European Championships to round out the year – preparing for each game can be very difficult, as each team brings different styles, tactics and physical ability.”

  1. What positives does the sport bring to you personally?

“Roller Derby is a very interesting sport, extremely community driven, and I’ve made a lot of friends throughout the sport. As a community, everyone is happy to help and mentor each other in an open environment, even if it’s not about Roller Derby.

“If nothing else, I am so grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given throughout the sport. Very early on in my career, I was given the chance to tour the US, and being able to visit cities and countries I wouldn’t have visited otherwise, make friends around the world, and see a sport go from strength-to-strength has been very exciting!”

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Adam (left) playing for Manchester in the Premier Tier British Championships League

  1. How does the sport make you feel?

“Roller Derby is excellent because it’s both physically and mentally challenging, with a lot happening at once that forces me to think quickly on my feet. The strategy involved, playing defence and offence simultaneously has been great for multi-tasking! It’s given me a good understanding of how I coach and skate so I can use my experience to help other people.”

  1. How do you fix it into a busy schedule?

“I train twice a week in the evening and once Saturday morning, so I still have four days in the week free. Even with games on the weekend, I can build and plan my week around those days, I’m used to having multiple days a week for training, so it just becomes part of my routine. I just make sure that I’m planning ahead, so when I’m not working or training, I still have evenings free to socialise with friends or family.”

  1. What lessons have you learnt along the way?

“It’s taught me a lot about life in general. My communication skills have improved because of the coaching, being able to explain what my intentions are within a drill or training scheme. Whether coaching, training or playing, I make sure I’m communicating correctly. Giving feedback also translates well into my role at Corecom Consulting. In both I’m building relationships and gaining peoples trust and respect.

“I’ve also learnt how to deal with stress, because stress is natural. Identifying the factors that are causing stress and planning ways to fix those problems, whether that be speaking with other people, finding out how they’ve solved the issue, or analysing the problem, looking at the cause of those problems and putting clear plans in place to deal with those. In Roller Derby that all has to happen very quickly, you’ve got a few seconds to get your head back in the game and get back on track!”

Corecom Consulting is committed to ensuring that its employees’ mental health and physical wellbeing are cared for. As part of the wellbeing strategy, several wellbeing activities are promoted.

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There are a wealth of health and wellbeing initiatives you can implement into your teams. For hints and tips read the following guide: Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace.


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