I’m delighted to share that Icon Health Club was awarded National Quality Standard Outstanding (NQSA), award again this year at the annual Ireland Active awards ceremony which were held in Johnstown Estate. In addition our Director Barry Walsh received a Special Recognition award for his contribution to the health and fitness industry in both Ireland and abroad. We are so proud of Barry and lucky to have his leadership and passion within our organisation.

Special Recognition award to former Ireland Active Chairperson Barry Walsh with Joe Cosgrove, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Damien English TD, and Conn McCluskey Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

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.

Speaking on the event, 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 award servew 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 and 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.”