Burnley gym team take top industry award

Staff from St Peter's Centre at the National Fitness Awards. (s)
Staff from St Peter's Centre at the National Fitness Awards. (s)
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Staff at St Peter’s Leisure Centre are celebrating after the gym scooped another top fitness industry award.

The club walked away with the Gym Team of the Year award at the National Fitness Awards, beating off strong competition from gyms around the country.

The awards, organised by Script Events and leading industry publication Workout, are now in their fifth year and recognise excellence and achievement in all corners of the industry.

To win the trophy, St Peter’s went through a rigorous assessment process, which involved being visited by a member of the Workout team who explored the facility, chatted to members and staff and examined all areas of the business from member retention to customer service.

Reports were then passed on to an expert judging panel, which included top fitness model Carly Thornton and award winning personal trainer Kim Ingleby, who decided the winners in each category from a shortlist of up to seven entries.

St Peter’s Leisure Centre was praised for its impressive facilities and strong team of staff by the judges, who said: “The real magic of the centre quite clearly comes from the staff.

“The team are overlooked and well organised by their health and fitness manager who gives everyone direction in what they need to do.

“You get that feeling that every member of staff really loves the job they do and that’s why they do it with a smile on their faces.

“The team are the biggest asset to St Peter’s and it is only right they should receive this award in recognition of what they do.”

Neil Hutchinson, leisure facilities general manager for Burnley Leisure, said: “It was fantastic for the team to win this award and recognises the work put in across the organisation to achieve excellence.

“We pride ourselves on providing the best fitness experience in the area and this award proves it.”