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The ukactive Awards winners announced that industries are coming together to celebrate excellence

By Megan Whitby on July 1, 2022

The best in the sports sector were honored last night (June 30) when the winners of the ukactive Awards 2022 were announced at Birmingham’s ICC.

The awards ceremony was held in person for the first time since 2019 due to the pandemic, and the industry came back together with a bang after a day of discussion and learning at the Active Uprising conference.

Parkwood Leisure was the big winner on the night, winning four awards; Digital Transformation Award; Midlands Regional Club/Centre of the Year; National Club/Centre of the Year Award for its Towcester Center for Leisure; and the Outstanding Organization of the Year award.

The organization was also highly commended after the COVID-19 Award in the Business Continuity, Recovery & Success category.

At the awards ceremony – supported by Active IQ – Professor Greg Whyte OBE and award-winning PT Laura Hoggins announced the winners in 24 categories in front of over 900 people.

The full list of winners can be found below:

Regional club/centre of the year

northClare’s Space Ltd


Parkwood Leisure – Towcester Center for Leisure



Leisure Focus – Braywick Leisure Centre

Northern Ireland and WalesAntrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council


Shed Health Club

National Club/Center of the YearParkwood Leisure – Towcester Center for Leisure

Journalist of the year

Alliance Leisure

New concept, building or design of the yearGLL, British Leisure Centre

Generation Active Award

Northampton Leisure Trust

Healthy Communities AwardNuffield Health

Activation reward

Hello Leisure

Marketing campaign awardYour Status (BPL)

Diversity and inclusion award

Serco Leisure, Ladywood Leisure Centre

Digital Transformation AwardParkwood Leisure

Business continuity, recovery and success after COVID-19

Hotpod yoga

Developing and supporting communities after COVID-19Featherstone High School

BUCS – Physical Activity Excellence Award

University of Nottingham Sport

Training provider of the yearAssociation of swimming teachers

Physical Activity Hero Award

Charmaine Daley, Active Nottingham

Outstanding Leadership AwardHolly Ainger, Nuffield Health

Jan Spaticchia Special Recognition Award

Andy Read, formerly Head of Safety at Places Leisure

Outstanding organization of the yearParkwood Leisure

Active School Hero Award

Nula Breen, from St Mary’s Primary School in Draperstown, Northern Ireland

“This year’s finalists and winners deserve to be recognized not only as an inspiration to the industry, but to the nation as a whole,” said Huw Edwards, chief executive of ukactive.

“Congratulations to everyone involved for demonstrating the undeniable tenacity, dedication and creativity that will lead our industry for years to come.

“The Ukactive Awards bring so much energy and positivity to our industry and a healthy dose of competition.

“Thank you to each individual and organization for your unrelenting commitment and passion to our Mission to get more people, more active and more often.”

This year’s ukactive Awards saw nominations from across the industry, with judges praising the quality and achievements of all finalists (click here for the full list).

Each entrant went through a rigorous independent assessment delivered by ukactive’s process partner ProInsight to select the best in each category from hundreds of entrants and provide valuable feedback from the judges to help improve but also drive success.

Active IQ CEO Jenny Patrickson added: “It was great to see a room full of people celebrating our industry’s achievements together.

“After the awards night, we had no doubt that the sports sector is full of talent and commitment.”

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