Double victory for Lancashire health club

Glory: Some of the Ribby Hall team with Ricky Hatton
Glory: Some of the Ribby Hall team with Ricky Hatton
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The Health Club at Lancashire’s Ribby Hall Village has won two National Fitness Awards, beating off very strong competition.

The club, based at Wrea Green, near Preston, took awards in the Group Exercise Gym of the Year and Regional Gym of the Year categories.

The National Fitness Awards is an annual event, which recognises excellence and achievement in gyms throughout the country.

The awards are organised by fitness industry magazine Workout, and in each category up to seven finalists were selected.

The final stages of the judging process included showcasing to the judges first-hand, the work going on in The Health Club.

Trophies were handed out to the winners at an awards ceremony at The Athena in Leicester, hosted by boxing legend Ricky Hatton and top TV presenter and fitness expert Caroline Pearce.

James Mitchell, duty manager at the Ribby Hall Village club, said: “Despite being confident in our offering given we’re so much more than just a gym – with the competition being so high, I didn’t quite let myself believe we would win one, let alone two categories. As our health club members know, we’ve made significant improvements to our offering over the last twelve months.”

The judges were full of praise for the club,which was named UK Health Club of the Year last year.

“The family type business exudes warmth and the staff retention figures support a strong philosophy,” they said.