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National Quality Standard Awards 2020

09 November, 2019

Ireland Active, the representative body for the Leisure, Health & Fitness Industry, awarded the top Leisure, Fitness and Hotel Leisure facilities across the country at the National Quality Standard Awards (NQSA) at the annual awards ceremony on 8th November at Johnstown Estate, Co. Meath.

The NQSA, is the most sought-after and respected accolade in the leisure and fitness industry, and is awarded to facilities that meet the operational standards for leisure and fitness facilities across 250 quality-based criteria. The standard is designed to encourage continuous improvement within the sector and recognises facilities for their remarkable standards in the areas of safety, hygiene, customer service and human resources. The NQSA are the only industry specific award for the leisure, health and fitness sector in Ireland.

Awarded to 98 facilities nationwide this year, the awards are designed to acknowledge excellence in the Leisure, Fitness and Hotel Leisure facilities. The overall winners in five main categories who were recognised for their high standards across safety, hygiene, customer engagement and human resources:

Portarlington Leisure Centre, Co. Laois- ‘Best Leisure Facility’
Clann Fitness, Pillo Hotel, Co. Meath- ‘Best Hotel Leisure Facility’
WIT Arena, Co. Waterford- ‘Best Fitness Facility’
Center Parcs, Co. Longford- ‘Best Newcomer Facility’
DLR Leisure Meadowbrook, Co. Dublin- ‘Most Improved Facility’





















































Damien English TD, Minister for Housing and Urban Development, who is a keen Marathon runner, opened the awards with the following remarks ‘As people across the country make the decision to get more active, keep fit and lead healthier lives it is encouraging to see the sector respond by continuing to improve the standard of facilities on offer. I am delighted to be associated with Ireland Active in recognising and rewarding their members for their efforts in having the best leisure and fitness facilities for people to enjoy’.

National Fitness Day Ambassador and GAA All-Star Camogie legend, Anna Geary was MC for the night. Dundalk Sports Centre employee, Richard English was awarded Staff Person of the Year, while Expert Leisure Supplies we're also awarded Supplier of the Year. Outgoing Ireland Active Chair, Barry Walsh was presented with a Special Recognition award by newly appointed chair, Joe Cosgrove. Attendees we're treated to a spot prize of an overnight stay at the Johnstown Estate and live entertainment from the band Transmitter. 

Conn McCluskey, CEO, Ireland Active said: “We are delighted for our members receiving their National Quality Standard Award, which is just reward for all the effort they have put in during the year. The awards serve to recognise the deserving recipients for their hard work in setting the bar for the highest level of standards possible in their leisure, fitness and hotel leisure facilities who play such a significant role in the health and well-being of the country. We are thrilled to acknowledge each facility for their outstanding accomplishments in the areas of safety, hygiene, customer engagement and human resources.” 

We'd like to extend a huge thank you to our Board of Management, the staff at the Johnstown Estate, and to our members for thier hard work all year round which make these awards possible. 

To see all award winners click here 

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