ukactive has today (18 August) revealed the finalists for the ukactive Awards, after judges reviewed entries from across the full breadth of the sector.
Entries came from organisations, operators, and suppliers from both the public and private sectors, reflecting the scale and influence of ukactive’s membership.
Leaders from across the industry will gather to celebrate at the sector’s biggest awards ceremony of the year, which is sponsored by STA and for the first time, will be taking place in Leeds, at the Royal Armouries, on Thursday 26 October. Tickets for the awards are now live and available to purchase.
Despite another challenging year, with rising energy costs impacting many, this year’s submissions show the resilience and determination of the physical activity sector to continue its growth and its support for the nation’s health and happiness.
Proinsight has led the judging process for the awards – an independent organisation with a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and a directory of highly experienced professionals to provide honest and objective feedback for each entry.
Those on this shortlist now have the chance to take home one of the sector’s biggest prizes.
Check below to see the full list of finalists for 2023.
Georgie Poole, Head of Marketing and Events at ukactive, said: “For the first time, we’re taking our awards ceremony to Leeds and we’re really looking forward to welcoming our nominees and members to celebrate all the great work that our sector is doing.
“It’s been an exceptionally competitive year of entries into our awards and we’ve seen some exceptional stories and nominations, so a huge congratulations to this year’s finalists.
“The ukactive Awards offer the chance for us to recognise the incredible organisations, partnerships, and teams at the heart of our mission to get more people active so we’re looking forward to seeing everyone together on the night.”
Dave Candler, CEO of STA, the headline sponsor for the ukactive Awards, said: “This year’s finalists have all shown true innovation and creativity in what has been a difficult time for the industry.
“Their achievements and what they have done to help promote and advance the physical activity agenda is incredible, and we look forward to congratulating each and every one at this year’s awards ceremony.”
Chloe Kinch, Director of Client Success at Proinsight, said: “At Proinsight we are ecstatic to be partnering with ukactive for the fourth year and supporting them in the lead-up to the ukactive Awards.
“Each year, the quality of submissions gets better and better, and we’ve seen some incredibly close competition. This is a huge credit to the sector and the hard work everyone puts in to promote physical activity.”
Ticket sales are now open and to find out more information about the awards, head to the ukactive Awards website here.
The finalists for the ukactive Awards 2023
Regional & National Club/Centre of the Year:
Wales & Northern Ireland:
Ballyearl – Arts and Leisure Centre
GLL – Brook Leisure Centre
GLL – Eastern Leisure Centre
GLL – Lisnasharragh Leisure Centre
Llandovery Leisure Centre
Valley Leisure Centre
Live Borders – Trifitness
Brio Leisure – Winsford Lifestyle Centre
Brooklands Health Club
GLL Moss Side Leisure Centre
University of Leeds – The Edge
Everyone Active – Whitwick and Coalville Leisure Centre
LivingWell Hilton Birmingham Metropole
Loughborough Leisure Centre – Fusion Lifestyle
Serco Leisure – Northfield Leisure Centre
Serco Leisure – Oak Tree Leisure Centre
Serco Leisure / More Leisure Community Trust – Rebecca Adlington Leisure Centre
Everyone Active – Harrow Lodge Leisure Centre
GLL – Britannia Leisure Centre
GLL – Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre
Everyone Active – Westminster Lodge and Leisure Centre
GLL, Rainbow Leisure Centre and Spa
Ivybridge Leisure Centre – Fusion Lifestyle
Places Leisure, Camberley
Whitstable Swimming Pool – Fusion Lifestyle
Windsor Leisure Centre – Leisure Focus Trust
Supplier of the Year:
Airius Europe Ltd
Future Fit Training
Les Mills UK
Perfect Gym Solutions
New Build or Design of the Year:
Lex Leisure, Parkwood Leisure
Winchester City Council
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion:
Antrim and Newtonabbey Borough Council
Nottingham Trent University
Sandwell Leisure Trust
Health Communities Award:
GLL & University Hospital Morecambe Bay Trust
Leeds City Council
Moray Leisure Ltd
Carmarthenshire County Council
Fulham Reach Boat Club
GM Active CIC
Les Mills UK
Marketing Campaign Award:
Anytime Fitness UK
Barnsley Premier Leisure
University of Leeds
Digital Transformation Award:
Carmarthenshire County Council
Everyone Active – Hinckley
Education Provider of the Year:
Edstart Sports Coaching
GM Active CIC
Physical Activity Hero Award:
Diane Friday – Mytime Active
Donna Whetlor – Fusion Lifestyle
Elaine Hutton – Bangor Aurora
Helen Tite – iCareiMove
Jane Charlton – Brimhams Active
Jonathan Michael – GLL
Karen Edmond – GLL
Sue Robinson – GLL
Vicki Watson – Brimhams Active
Outstanding Leadership Award:
Andy King – Chair GM Active, CEO MCR Active
Everybody Leadership Team
Glen Hall, Managing Director – Parkwood Leisure Limited
Jamie Groves – Denbighshire Leisure Ltd
Jason Fergus – Active Essex
Jubilee Hall Trust Leadership team
Mark Sesnan, OBE – Specialist Energy Advisor
Mark Tweedie – Brimhams Active
Simon Lane – Serco Leisure
Tom Goodhand – Places Leisure
Physical Activity Excellence Awards (BUCS):
King’s Sport & Wellness
University of Southampton and Students’ Union
Surrey Sports Park
The Jan Spaticchia Special Recognition Award follows a separate process and the winner will be announced on the night.
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