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The organisations leading Britain’s emerging physical activity movement have been recognised for their pioneering work at the inaugural ukactive Awards.

Stars from across the UK arrived in Manchester last night (Thursday 21 June) for a glittering ceremony to celebrate a vast range of organisations and individuals.

More than 800 guests saw star hosts Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Greg Whyte present the award for National Leisure Centre of the Year to Life Leisure Stockport Sports Village, while six regional winners were also announced.

The first ukactive Awards – an evolution of the traditional Flame Awards – introduced a wider array of categories to better celebrate the range of leaders getting more people active.

New award categories included Campaign of the Year, won by Ordnance Survey, and the Healthy Community Award, won by MAN v FAT Football.

Meanwhile, the Supplier of the Year – a much-vaunted award from the Flame era – was named as Future Fit Training.

Each of the award finalists underwent a rigorous independent assessment process designed to select the best in each category from hundreds of entrants, as well as to provide priceless feedback about how to share success stories.

Several stages of evaluation took place, including customer insight surveys, mystery calls, visits and a ‘Judges’ House’ assessment day at WeWork London.

The dazzling awards ceremony was followed by an after-party featuring twin DJ duo The Menendez Brothers.

ukactive Chair Tanni Grey-Thompson said: “It was a privilege to co-host the first ukactive Awards in their new format and the competition was particularly fierce this year.

“It was incredible to listen to the stories from our finalists – their passion for physical activity is clearly evident. I’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all those doing more to get more people active – you really are leading this movement.”

ukactive CEO Steven Ward said: “Given the growing contribution of physical activity in all aspects of society, it seemed only fitting that we expanded the ukactive Awards to recognise the full breadth of our movement to create an active nation.

“I am delighted to have the chance to celebrate our fantastic winners, finalists and indeed all the entrants, who have been making such strides to get more people, more active, more often. Well done to all.”


The full list of winners can be found below:


Club/Centre of the Year

Life Leisure Stockport Sports Village

Regional Club/Centre of the Year


GLL Kensington Leisure Centre


Life Leisure Stockport Sports Village


Oak Tree Leisure Centre, Mansfield – Serco Leisure


LED Leisure Management

Wales and Northern Ireland

Bangor Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Complex – Serco Leisure


Sport Aberdeen

Supplier of the Year

Future Fit Training

New Concept, Build and Design of the Year

Salt Ayre Leisure Centre – Alliance Leisure

Workplace Wellbeing of the Year

Wellworking Ltd

ukactive Kids Award

Northampton Leisure Trust

Healthy Communities Award

Man v FAT Football

Campaign of the Year Award

Ordnance Survey

Inclusion and Disability Award

Sport for Confidence and Basildon Sporting Village – Everyone Active

Research Impact Award


Physical Activity Champion

Louisa Chatwin

Outstanding Leader of the Year

Oliver Stacey

Unsung Hero Award

Ben Wimbush

Organisation of the Year Award

Active Tameside

Personality of the Year

Colin Jackson

For more information on any of the new award categories above – visit