Industry Shows Its Fitness at Annual Awards

The fitness industry employs around 9,000 people in Ireland and generates economic activity estimated to be worth €300 million each year.

Last week, the best of the best in the sector were honoured as Ireland Active, the representative body for the Leisure, Health & Fitness Industry, handed out the top Leisure, Fitness and Hotel Leisure facilities National Quality Standard Awards (NQSA) at the annual awards ceremony at Johnstown Estate in Meath.

The Conference that preceded the awards had contributions from Aidan O’Mahoney, Fiona Coghlan, Anna Geary and Daniel Davey as well as on the impact of social media in retaining members.

The NQSA, is the most sought-after and respected accolade in the leisure and fitness industry and is awarded to facilities that meet the operational standards for leisure and fitness facilities across 250 quality-based criteria.

The standard is designed to encourage continuous improvement within the sector and recognises facilities for their high standards in the areas of safety, hygiene, customer service and human resources.

The NQSA is the only industry-specific award for the leisure, health and fitness sector in Ireland.

The overall winners in five main categories who were recognised for their high standards across safety, hygiene, customer engagement and human resources:

  • Portarlington Leisure Centre, Co. Laois- ‘Best Leisure Facility’
  • Clann Fitness, Pillo Hotel, Co. Meath- ‘Best Hotel Leisure Facility’
  • WIT Arena, Co. Waterford- ‘Best Fitness Facility’
  • Center Parcs, Co. Longford- ‘Best Newcomer Facility’
  • DLR Leisure Meadowbrook, Co. Dublin- ‘Most Improved Facility’

“As people across the country make the decision to get more active, keep fit and lead healthier lives it is encouraging to see the sector respond by continuing to improve the standard of facilities on offer,” said Damien English TD, Minister for Housing and Urban Development, and a keen Marathon runner who presented the awards.

“I am delighted to be associated with Ireland Active in recognising and rewarding their members for their efforts in having the best leisure and fitness facilities for people to enjoy.”

“We are delighted for our members receiving their National Quality Standard Award, which is just reward for all the effort they have put in during the year,” added Conn McCluskey, CEO of Ireland Active.

“The awards serve to recognise the deserving recipients for their hard work in setting the bar for the highest level of standards possible in their leisure, fitness and hotel leisure facilities who play such a significant role in the health and well-being of the country.”

“We are thrilled to acknowledge each facility for their outstanding accomplishments in the areas of safety, hygiene, customer engagement and human resources.”


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