Shoreline Leisure in Greystones has been awarded the Best Leisure Centre of 2018 at the Ireland Active National Quality Standard Awards. Waterford Institute of Technology’s Arena won the same award for Best Fitness Facility without a swimming pool, while Zest Health and Leisure at the Cavan Crystal Hotel in Caven won the award for best Hotel Leisure Facility.
The Awards were presented as part of Ireland Active’s Annual Conference which took place at the Druids Glen Resort with over 300 representatives from the health and fitness sector in attendance.
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The NQS Award 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 standards in the areas of safety, hygiene, customer service and human resources.
Awarded to 93 facilities nationwide this year, the awards are designed to acknowledge excellence in the Leisure, Fitness and Hotel Leisure facilities. Among them were Sport for Business members Trinity Sport, DIT, Aura Leisure, Dublin City Council, DLR Leisure and Citywest Hotel.
The industry which has grown hugely in recent years employs an estimated 9,000 people generating more than €300 million for the Irish economy each year.
“We are delighted to host the inaugural Ireland Active National Quality Standard Awards, having rebranded the awards this year after 15 years as the White Flag Awards,” said Ireland Active CEO Conn McCluskey.
“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.”
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