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ukactive has today announced the finalists for the ukactive Awards 2022, as the sector prepares for a highly anticipated night of celebration in Birmingham next month.

A wide-ranging shortlist (listed below) reflects the breadth and influence of ukactive’s membership, with incredible examples of how the sector has rebuilt over the past year, since reopening from lockdown during the pandemic.

Held in partnership with Active IQ, this year’s Awards shortlist includes fitness and leisure operators of all sizes; local councils; prominent suppliers; leading universities; sports bodies; and charities.

The awards are heading to a new venue this year; the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, on 30 June, following the Active Uprising conference.

There will also be two new awards – The Jan Spaticchia Award and the Education Provider of the Year Award. The COVID-19 award categories, which debuted last year, will now focus on how the sector continues to recover.

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.

“Congratulations to all the finalists, and commiserations to those who have not made the shortlist this year but we hope the process and feedback is useful in your continued growth. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the awards ceremony this summer.”

Jenny Patrickson, Managing Director at Active IQ, said: “I’m delighted to see this year’s awards attract such a strong field of entries and send my congratulations to all the finalists.

“The standard has been very high once again this year and I would like to thank everyone who took the time and effort to put forward their entry for consideration.

“Active IQ is proud to once again be the headline sponsor for the ukactive Awards and we’re particularly looking forward to seeing everyone in person at this year’s event. Ahead of that, I wish all the finalists the best of luck for the next stage of judging.”

This year ukactive is delighted to announce that Proinsight will be leading the judging process of the awards. Proinsight is 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.

David Hopkins, Founder and Managing Director of Proinsight, said: “Having been involved with the awards for three years now we’ve been blown away with the quality of the submissions.

“The applications show an abundance of great work going on in our sector following what has been a torrid time for everyone. We can’t wait to move to stage two which includes presentation, surveys and mystery shops – see you in Birmingham on the 30th of June.”

The finalists for the Physical Activity Hero and Outstanding Leadership Awards will be going live for a public vote on Monday 9 May and will remain open until Friday 27 May. With the exception of those awards, written entries for the other awards will be assessed by an independent professional, with specific experience and skills that are relevant to each award, who will mark entries against a set criterion.

Entries will then proceed to ukactive’s virtual Judges’ House where representatives from each finalist organisation will be invited to present to the independent judging panels. With the use of Proinsight’s online platform, comments and a score from each judge will be collated to confirm a winner for each category. Each entry will receive feedback reports which include their marks.

Entries for the Club Centre of the Year will go through a mystery shop as well as a digital review conducted by Proinsight.

The full list of ukactive Awards 2022 finalists:

Regional & National Club/Centre of the Year 


Brio Leisure – Neston Recreation Centre

Places Leisure – Maltby Leisure Centre

Active Tameside – Tameside Wellness Centre in Denton

Everyone Active – Scarborough Sports Village

X-Force UK Ltd – 3-1-5 Health Club

Clare’s Space Ltd

The Health Club – Ribby Hall Village

Waterside Leisure Club



Active Nottingham – Harvey Hadden

Everyone Active – Bromsgrove Leisure Centre

Parkwood Leisure – Towcester Centre for Leisure

Serco Leisure – Oak Tree Leisure Centre



1Rebel – Oxford Circus

1Life – Willesden Sports Centre

Everyone Active – Harrow Lodge Leisure Centre

W10 Fitness – North Kensington

Orangetheory Fitness – Fulham

The Fore – Kings Cross

GLL – Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre

GLL – Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre



Castle Point Borough Council – Waterside Farm Leisure Centre

Fusion Lifestyle – Ivybridge Leisure Centre

1Life – Mountfitchet Romeera Leisure Centre

Anytime Fitness – Leatherhead

GLL – Donyngs Leisure Centre

Leisure Focus – Braywick Leisure Centre

Anytime Fitness – Dorking

Anytime Fitness – Farnham


Scotland, Northern Ireland & Wales    

Denbighshire Leisure – Nova Prestatyn

GLL – Andersonstown Leisure Centre

GLL – Eastern Leisure Centre

Valley Leisure Centre – Antrim and Newtownabbey

Shed Health Club -Ellon


Supplier of the Year      

Future Fit Training

Leisure Energy Ltd

The Training Room

Alliance Leisure






New Concept, Build or Design of the Year     

Places Leisure

Everybody Sport and Recreation

GLL, Britannia Leisure Centre

Leisure Energy Ltd



Ware-house Swansea

Fitness First


Generation Active Award        

Life Leisure


Northampton Leisure Trust

Your Trust




Healthy Communities Award  


Parkwood Leisure

Sport Aberdeen

Swim England


Nuffield Health

BH Live



Activation Award

Brio Leisure


Halo Leisure

Life Leisure

Suffolk County Council

Triple Double / Women in Sport

Active Nottingham

Burnley Leisure and Culture Group


Marketing Campaign Award    


Swim England

X-Force UK Ltd

Barnsley Premier Leisure

Nuffield Health

W10 Fitness


Diversity & Inclusion Award    

Para Dance UK

University of Nottingham


Serco Leisure, Ladywood Leisure Centre

Active Tameside

Everyone Active, Westgate Leisure Centre


Digital Transformation Award 

Parkwood Leisure

Active Tameside

Serco Leisure Operating Limited

Future Fit Training

Fitness First


Business Continuity, Recovery & Success following on from COVID-19    

Anytime Fitness UK

Brio Leisure

Hotpod Yoga

Parkwood Leisure

Premier Education Group

1Life Management Solutions

Everybody Sport and Recreation

Lampton Leisure


Developing and Supporting Communities following on from COVID-19    

Everyone Active

Featherstone High School

Places Leisure (CAWs and ReferAll)

Power Plate UK

Serco Leisure / Swale Community Leisure

Wellbeing Through Sport Limited

Lampton Leisure


Physical Activity Hero Award  

Julie Maver

Pam Radley

Fiona Roberts

Declan Duncan

Jaina Mistry

Magda Dawczak

Charmaine Daley

Paul Smith


Outstanding Leadership Award

Mark Sesnan

Deena Gillan

Holly Ainger

Simon Lane

Sarah Watts

Jane Nickerson

June Peebles

Victoria Irving


The Jan Spaticchia Special Recognition Award      

Helen Bull, National Aquatics Commercial Manager, Serco Leisure

Peter Mills, Health and Safety Compliance Manager, Parkwood Leisure

Elaine Shallcross, North West Regional Director, Pickleball England

Andy Read, Head of Safety, Places Leisure

Sean Thornton, Managing Director and Health Club owner, X-Force UK Ltd – 3-1-5 Health Club

Anthony Bryan, Fitness Coach at Southbury Leisure Centre, Fusion


BUCS – Physical Activity Excellence Award   

Northumbria University

Kings College Sport

Manchester Met University

Loughborough University

Canterbury Christ Church University

University of Nottingham Sport


Education Provider of the Year

Premier Global


Future Fit

Study Active

Central YMCA

The ukactive Awards will take place in Birmingham on Thursday 30 June. Visit the ukactive Awards page for tickets