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Park Club and Aspire Oxford shortlisted for a National Fitness Award.

Posted: Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:45

Park Club and Aspire Oxford shortlisted for a National Fitness Award.

Park Club and Aspire Oxford shortlisted for a National Fitness Award.

Oxfordshire based charities, Soll Leisure and Aspire Oxford,have been shortlisted in the UK's biggest free-to-enter fitness awards and are in the running for a prestigious national award. Both charities have collaborated on projects that support local disadvantaged adults to lead happier, healthier lifestyles, boosting mental wellbeing through physical activity, and as a tool for overcoming other social outcomes such as employment, education and training.

Soll Leisure is a charity leisure management company and prides itself on being community-focused and supporting local communities to improve their health and wellbeing. Aspire's 'Active Body Healthy Mind' project offers supported sport and physical activity sessions to people experiencing mental ill health in Oxfordshire, helping disadvantaged adults to improve physical fitness, build confidence and self-esteem, improve mental health and build positive relationships.

The charities have been shortlisted in the 'Member Achievement' categoryat the National Fitness Awards, an annual event which recognises excellence and achievement in gyms throughout the country. They have been recognised for their community schemes that support local disadvantaged residents to make lifestyle changes through the use of physical activity. The member in question joined Park Club Milton to overcome alcohol and substance abuse, which was affecting his physical and mental health. Three months since joining he has refrained from using drugs and alcohol, lost one stone four pounds, and now attends the gym three times a week.

The awards are organised by Script Events in conjunction with leading fitness industry magazine Workout, with support from headline sponsor ServiceSport, and in each category up to seven finalists have been selected, who will now go through to the next stage of the judging process where they will be out to impress by showcasing first hand the great work going on in their clubs.

This stage involves a visit to each finalist by a member of the awards team who will take a look around the facilities and chat to members and staff before compiling a comprehensive report, which will then be passed on to an expert judging panel to decide the lucky winners.

Trophies will then be handed out a glittering awards ceremony on Friday November 30 at The Athena in Leicester. National Fitness Awards' event director Judith Halkerston said: "All our shortlisted facilities should be really proud of their achievements in being chosen as a finalist as the calibre of entries has been amazing."

Richard Claydon, Park Club Group Health & Wellbeing Manager commented "The benefits the participants are experiencing are amazing, and it is great to be partnering with a like minded organisation such as Aspire Oxford, to change people's lives. We are extremely excited to have been shortlisted for a National Fitness Award; this is great recognition for Kieron's hard work, the service we are providing, as well as the positive impact we are having on the local community."

46,300 children in Oxfordshire are classed as inactive

Tags: Aspire, Disability, Physical Activity, Sol