map markerNLT wins prestigious industry gong at ukactive Awards in Manchester 

Northampton Leisure Trust took home the ukactive Kids Award at the inaugural ukactive Awards, celebrating the organisation’s leading Britain’s emerging physical activity movement.

Stars from across the UK arrived in Manchester last Thursday for a glittering ceremony to celebrate a vast range of organisations and individuals.

More than 800 guests saw star hosts Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Greg Whyte present the award for ukactive Kids to Northampton Leisure Trust, a recognition of their outstanding work. 

The first ukactive Awards – an evolution of the traditional Flame Awards – introduced a wider array of categories to better celebrate the range of leaders getting more people active.

Each of the award finalists underwent a rigorous independent assessment process designed to select the best in each category from hundreds of entrants, as well as to provide priceless feedback about how to share success stories.

Several stages of evaluation took place, including customer insight surveys, mystery calls, visits and a ‘Judges’ House’ assessment day at WeWork London.

ukactive Chair Tanni Grey-Thompson said: “It was a privilege to co-host the first ukactive Awards in their new format and the competition was particularly fierce this year. 

“It was incredible to listen to the stories from our finalists – their passion for physical activity is clearly evident. I’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all those doing more to get more people active – you really are leading this movement.” 

ukactive CEO Steven Ward said: “Given the growing contribution of physical activity in all aspects of society, it seemed only fitting that we expanded the ukactive Awards to recognise the full breadth of our movement to create an active nation.

“Huge congratulations to Northampton Leisure Trust, who have been making such strides to get more people, more active, more often.”

Northampton Leisure Trust’s Managing Director Ian Redfern said: “We are delighted to have won such a prestigious award. Our Junior Active membership provides the young people of Northampton with a huge range of physical activities to get involved with at a very affordable price. We are 100% committed to helping young people across the town become more active more often and are extremely proud that this has been recognised at a national level.”

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