Leisure centres aim for top award

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Two Amber Vallery leisure centres have been shortlisted as finalists for a highly coveted industry accolade in the health and fitness sector.

In the running in this year’s Ukactive and Matrix Flame Awards are Heanor andAlfreton’s leisure centres. They recognise health clubs and group operators that have demonstrated exceptional standards.

Ukactive chief David Stalker revealed the finalists via a live webinar and said William Gregg VC in Heanor and Alfreton Leisure Centre were among them.

Jackie Goacher, general manager at William Gregg, said: “Reaching the final of the Flame Awards is a great honour for all of the staff and users of 
the leisure centre.

“It is an endorsement of the great service that is provided, and further demonstration of the real impact they are having on helping our residents lead more active and healthier lives”.

William Gregg, of Hand Road, was entered in the contest by Places for People Leisure, which manages the venue on behalf of Amber Valley Borough Council, because the centre had already achieved an ‘outstanding’ rating in the ‘QUEST Stretch’ quality assurance scheme.

Speaking after the announcement, David Stalker said: “We would like to congratulate every finalist who has reached this stage.

“The assessment process is known for being the toughest in the business and the level of competition gets better every year”.

Amber Valley councillor Tony Holmes said: “This is a fantastic achievement and the second year in succession that we have reached the final of this prestigious competition.

“We know how much our residents value the hard work and dedication of all of the staff and to win the top prize will be fantastic for the whole of Amber Valley”.

The winners will be announced in Telford on July 2.