Case study: Sporting challenge is a winner at John Lewis

Chris Husbands is a fitness adviser in the sports department at the Oxford Street branch of John Lewis.
Specialising in large fitness equipment, he is part of a team of four who advise customers on fitness and explain how to get the most out of the store’s products.

Husbands has been with the John Lewis Partnership for 32 years in various roles, and has taken advantage of various benefits, but what really grabbed his interest was the group’s Partners in Sport initiative. In particular, Husbands gets involved in sports coaching, which he has found gives him the opportunity to take up a longstanding interest and passion.

“For me, sport and fitness is a real passion,” he says. “This gave me the opportunity to get back into athletics, obtain updated coaching qualifications, and to help the club I used to compete in.

“The elements of coaching really relate well to business. Coaching is an important skill for organising yourself and your family life, your work and your business life, and for any goals you want to attain.”


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