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Heavyweight operators, innovative start-ups and leading universities are among the finalists revealed today (17 April) for the ukactive Awards 2019.

Spanning the breadth of the sports and physical activity landscape, the finalists of the ukactive Awards represent the stars of the public, private and third sectors and will gather for a glittering ceremony at Manchester Central on Thursday, 6 June.

Public fitness operator GLL leads the way with 14 finalists for the fiercely fought awards, followed closely by Everyone Active with 11.

Among the new awards introduced for 2019 is the Higher Education Physical Activity Excellence Award, with Warwick Sport, The University of Hertfordshire and King’s Sport all vying for victory in the category.

The finalists for the hotly contested Supplier of the Year award are Les Mills UK, CAP2, Jordan Fitness, STA, Technogym, Origin Fitness, Showoff Design and Display, and Love Recruitment.

Entries for Club Centre of the Year will now undergo a mystery shop and digital review conducted by market research firm Pro Insight, while the next stage for most categories will see finalists present their entries at Judges House – taking place in London on Wednesday, 1 May.

The two individual awards – Physical Activity Champion and Unsung Hero – will be decided by an online public vote, which will go live on Monday 22 April.

ukactive acting CEO Huw Edwards said: “Never before have we seen such a diverse cast of finalists, reflecting the incredible growth and impact of our sector, and the breadth of the ukactive Awards this year.

“These finalists represent the strength of our movement, with the power to inspire and drive success in our united efforts to improve the health of our nation.”

Awards headline partner and stage one independent evaluators Active IQ’s Managing Director Jenny Patrickson said: “It has been a great privilege and pleasure to judge stage one of this year’s ukactive Awards.

“We have been blown away by the standard of entries and the diversity on display. We can’t wait to celebrate these shining stars with the sector in Manchester.”

The full list of finalists can be viewed here.

To buy tickets for the ukactive Awards, click here.