Better Leisure Centres and staff are among the most nominated names in the ukactive Awards 2022, securing an impressive 11 nominations in 5 categories.
The ukactive Awards are the UK Leisure Industry’s most prestigious awards for excellence and best practice across the sector.
The shortlist https://www.ukactive.com/news/finalists-revealed-for-ukactive-awards-2022/ includes Better leisure facilities run by the UK's largest leisure charitable social enterprise GLL - that are playing an important role in the national recovery from the pandemic as well as inspirational individuals who are activating local communities.
Appearing among a roll call of high street name fitness and leisure operators, local councils, sports bodies and charities, our multiple nominations reflect our important role at the heart of community health and wellbeing across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Winning centres undergo a rigorous independent assessment of their facilities - including mystery shopping - and individuals go forward to a public vote https://www.ukactive.com/ukactive-awards-2022-stage-2-public-vote/
When the awards were last run in 2019, Better Leisure Centres and staff prevailed in three categories - Rainbow Leisure Centre was awarded Best Club/Centre of the Year for the London Region and Olympia Leisure Centre was also named winner for the Northern Ireland & Wales Region.
In addition, employee Haider Ali was awarded Unsung Hero, for his work at Wembley Leisure Centre.
This year's awards ceremony takes place in Birmingham on 30 June as part of Active Uprising, ukactive’s conference celebration of physical activity, recognising excellence throughout the sport, leisure and health and fitness sector.
Mark Sesnan, CEO of GLL said: “We are incredibly honoured by our big showing among the shortlist of this year’s ukactive Awards.
“Better Leisure Centres and programmes are provided by GLL - a charitable social enterprise. We exist to deliver excellent leisure facilities and services in the communities that we serve and to help get more people more active, more often.
"The pandemic has created deep challenges for the health and wellbeing of local communities but we are proud to be at the centre of the national recovery.
“We are so pleased to see our fantastic staff, venues and programmes independently recognised on their merits."
Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive, said: “We are delighted but not surprised by the number of incredible entries and stories we have received for this year’s ukactive Awards, which is testament to the unquestionable resilience and innovation within our sector.
“We are extremely proud of all of our members, who have worked so hard in rebuilding the sector and our nation’s health, as we mark just over a year since facilities were allowed to reopen."
Regional & National Club/Centre of the Year:
South - Donyngs Leisure Centre
London – Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre & Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre
Wales – Eastern Leisure Centre
Northern Ireland – Andersonstown Leisure Centre
New Concept, Build or Design of the Year:
Britannia Leisure Centre, Hackney
Generation Active Award:
Post Covid School Swimming Programme
Physical Activity Hero Award:
Magda Dawczak - The Hive, Cambridgeshire
Pam Radley – White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre, West Oxfordshire
Outstanding Leadership Award:
Victoria Irving – Belfast
Mark Sesnan - National
The public vote https://www.ukactive.com/ukactive-awards-2022-stage-2-public-vote/ ends on 27 May.