Top accolades at ukactive awards

Places Leisure among the winners

Places Leisure celebrated an evening of stunning success last week at the industry’s annual ukactive Awards ceremony, achieving three prestigious honours.

Ukactive’s annual competition spans the association’s 4,000 members and partners from across the UK’s public, private and third-party sectors. Entries are judged by an independent panel comprised of high-level industry professionals representing the various disciplines reflected in the contest. 

Places Leisure’s awards include:

  • Winner - Andy Read, Head of Safety, The Jan Spaticchia Special Recognition Award, recognising an individual’s outstanding contribution to the physical activity sector.
  • Highly Commended - Places Leisure Camberley, New Concept, Build or Design of the Year, recognising an organisation taking the lead in the re-imagining, re-energising or re-design process, delivery and activating compelling environments and/or spaces that serve to inspire more people, to be more active, more often.
  • Highly Commended - Places Leisure COVID Recovery Programme (in collaboration with Travis Perkins Managed Services, CAWS® Rebuild™ training programme, and exercise referral software specialists, ReferAll) - Developing and Supporting Communities Following on from COVID-19 Award, recognising an organisation with a specific programme, project or initiative that engages, promotes and sustains physical activity, in particular, communities such as children, young people, and underrepresented individuals during the recovery phase from the Coronavirus crisis. 

Celebrating the honours, Places Leisure CEO, Paul McPartlan enthused, “Today we are celebrating a shared success. These awards represent the continued, collaborative effort between our local authority partners, phenomenal industry partners, our teams on the ground, and our individual, outstanding colleagues who are all responsible for bringing our shared mission to life.

"Whether it’s building amazing new health and fitness facilities in our local communities, bringing specialised, community-focused programmes to the people we serve, or, like our esteemed Andy Read who has dedicated his life’s work to our sector - together, we are all working to make more people active. I couldn’t be prouder of this industry recognition.”