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27 Oct 2023
ukactive Awards winners revealed as sector unites in Leeds for a night of celebration

The top operators, suppliers and facilities from across the physical activity sector were celebrated last night (26 October), as the winners of the prestigious ukactive Awards 2023 were announced at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

The Awards, sponsored by STA, saw Professor Greg Whyte OBE and award-winning fitness author and PT Laura Hoggins host the evening and announce the winners in the 15 categories.

Head to the end of the article for the full list of winners.

Places Leisure was the big winner on the night, taking home both the Outstanding Organisation of the Year Award and the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Award for its Big Sister project. Judges praised the project’s ability to recognise the key transitional moments for girls in their teenage years that offered them the chance to realise the benefits of physical activity on their own terms.

Tom Goodhand, operations director at Places Leisure also took home the Outstanding Leadership Award, adding to the organisation’s success on the evening.

This year, the prestigious National Club/Centre of the Year Award went to Ballyearl Arts and Leisure Centre – Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

Les Mills UK scooped the Supplier of the Year Award for helping clubs reach Gen Z audiences and younger members, with Study Active receiving the Education Provider of the Year Award for its user-led programming, recognised by the judges for successfully supporting the sector to retain and upskill staff.

In the individual categories, Elaine Hutton from Bangor Aurora Aquatics & Leisure Complex received the Physical Activity Hero Award and Jamie Groves, managing director of Denbighshire Leisure Ltd on the Jan Spaticchia Special Recognition Award in acknowledgement for his exceptional service to the industry.

The New Build or Design of the Year Award went to Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) for the second year in a row, this time for its Sands Centre site in Carlisle. Judges commended the site’s exceptional ability to maximise every inch of space, all while creating a multifaceted hub that caters to the diverse needs of the community it serves.

GM Active was awarded the top prize for Innovation for its Prehab4Cancer program, which judges applauded for being both important and revolutionary in delivering prehabilitation and recovery programmes for those managing a cancer diagnosis. The programme also featured in the main kick-off event for this year’s National Fitness Day.

This year’s ukactive Awards saw nominations from across the breadth of the sector, with the judges praising the high quality and excellent achievements demonstrated by all of the finalists – the full list is available here.

Each entrant underwent a rigorous independent assessment which was delivered by our process partner, ProInsight, and designed to select the best in each category from hundreds of entrants, as well as to provide valuable feedback from the judges to help improve but also to promote success.

Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive, said: “The ukactive Awards are a real opportunity to come together and celebrate all the great work our sector does day in and day out, and the celebrations were felt throughout the night.

“The finalists this year have showcased some amazing ways that our sector not only unites communities but really furthers the health and wellbeing of our nation.

“A huge thank you to all of the winners, finalists and supporters who made the night one to remember.”

Dave Candler, CEO of STA, said: “It was fantastic to celebrate all the industry’s achievements at the ukactive Awards this year and to be able to play our part as headline sponsor.

“We saw outstanding examples of leadership, creativity, innovation, diversity, and excellence from all the finalists and winners, proving how amazingly talented and resilient the physical activity sector is.

“Congratulations to all the winning individuals, teams, and organisations who have all made such a significantly positive impact on people’s health and well-being over the last 12 months.”

The ukactive Awards 2023 winners

Regional Club/Centre of the Year

Northern Ireland & Wales – Ballyearl Arts and Leisure Centre – Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Scotland Live Borders – TriFitness

North – Brio Leisure – Winsford Lifestyle Centre

Midlands – Serco Leisure – Rebecca Adlington Leisure Centre

London – GLL – Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre

South – Ivybridge Leisure Centre – Fusion Lifestyle

National Club/ Centre of the Year – Ballyearl Arts and Leisure Centre – Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Supplier of the Year – Les Mills UK

New Build or Design of the Year – GLL, The Sands Centre

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Award – Places Leisure

Healthy Communities Award – Vivify

Innovation Award – GM Active CIC

Marketing Campaign Award – Anytime Fitness UK

Digital Transformation Award – Lampton Leisure

Education Provider of the Year – Study Active

Physical Activity Hero Award – Elaine Hutton, Bangor Aurora Aquatics & Leisure Complex

Outstanding Leadership Award – Tom Goodhand, operations director, Places Leisure

The Jan Spaticchia Special Recognition Award – Jamie Groves, managing director of Denbighshire Leisure Ltd (DLL)

BUCS Physical Activity Excellence Award – University of Southampton and Students’ Union

Outstanding Organisation of the Year – Places Leisure


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24 Jun 2024
Good Spa Guide crowns UK’s best spas of 2024
The 15th annual Good Spa Guide (GSG) Awards winners were unveiled tonight (24 June) at a gala dinner during the Spa Life Convention in Hampshire, UK.
21 Jun 2024
Global Wellness Summit 2024 to make waves in Scotland with theme “A Watershed Moment for Wellness”
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13 Jun 2024
World leaders gather at luxury Italian wellness retreat Borgo Egnazia for G7 Summit
The 2024 G7 Summit is now underway at a destination spa resort in Puglia, Italy, with leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US convening to address some of the world’s most urgent issues.
10 Jun 2024
Global Wellness Day 2024 shatters records as 1 billion people unite for wellness and nature
Global Wellness Day (GWD) marked its 13th anniversary on Saturday, 8 June and was reportedly celebrated by a record-breaking 1 billion people worldwide, making it the most successful year yet.
19 Apr 2024
Galgorm Resort gears up to host UK Aufguss Championships next week
UK sauna enthusiasts will converge at Galgorm Resort in Northern Ireland next week for the highly anticipated second annual UK Aufguss Championships.
27 Mar 2024
Thailand's first lady attends APSWC Awards ceremony recognising industry excellence
The Asia Pacific Spa & Wellness Coalition (APSWC) recently marked another year of industry achievement with a prestigious awards ceremony held during the 2024 APSWC Round Table event in Bangkok, Thailand.
08 Mar 2024
Global Wellness Day 2024 to champion reconnecting with nature
Global Wellness Day (GWD) is set to mark its 13th annual celebration on 8 June 2024, under the theme #MagentaNature, emphasising the vital connection between humanity and the natural world.
04 Mar 2024
SHA Wellness receives top accolade at 2024 World Spa and Wellness Awards
Eight of the world’s leading spa operations were honoured at the annual World Spa and Wellness Awards during a glamorous ceremony held in London over the weekend.
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