Local Leisure Centre named UK Leisure Centre of the Year


Houldsworth Village, a Life Leisure sports and fitness facility in Reddish, has been named ‘Leisure Centre of the Year’ at the 2017 UK Active Flame Awards.

The national awards, which cover the entire health and leisure industry, are the pinnacle of recognition for the UK fitness industry. The awards are shortlisted and decided based on independent member surveys, ‘mystery shopping’ to spot-check staff knowledge and performance, and a rigorous assessment by an independent panel of industry experts, ensuring they are a true reflection of member experiences.

Supporting individuals at all levels – both able bodied and those with disabilities – from absolute beginners to Paralympians and national sports teams, Houldsworth Village has inspired so many women to take up weight lifting and strength training, that it was recently used as part of the national ‘This Girl Can’ campaign.

The centre has been integral in tackling community inactivity and initiatives to engage more people in sport, both young and old. It has an extensive fitness and activity programme designed to support a healthier, happier community – from delivering specially created children’s activities through to ‘Walking Football’ for older members.

Commenting on the win, Life Leisure CEO Malcolm McPhail said: “We are thrilled that Houldsworth Village has been recognised on the national stage. It’s fitting that the team were so highly commended, as staff at the centre have really come together to create a very special environment. This award is testament to all that hard work.”

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