Newham Leisure Centre crowned Playfinder’s Outstanding Sports Facility Of The Year
27 December 2018 • By - Will Chrimes
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Newham Leisure Centre has been crowned Playfinder’s Outstanding Sports Facility Of The Year for 2018.
The facility is expertly managed by activeNewham which works tirelessly to support locals to enjoy an active lifestyle around the community, whether providing an ideal place to enjoy sports, host events or enrol on a personalised fitness regime.
activeNewham is an innovative Leisure Trust with charitable status working in partnership with Newham Council to deliver leisure, sports and volunteering opportunities in Newham. Earlier this summer, the centre threw its weight behind its fitness mission by opening up access for 24 hours a day. Locals can use the badminton courts and gym at any time of day.
Alongside badminton and a state-of-the-art gym, Newham’s fitness enthusiasts benefit from an indoor and outdoor running track, swimming pool, cross-fit studio and a women only gym.
This yearly award is an extension of the monthly accolade, acknowledging the highest quality and standout grassroots sports venues. Infrastructure plays an important role in the award criteria, as well as customer service that goes above and beyond for visitors.
Sports facilities form a fantastic foundation within local communities and provide the perfect place to help people stay fit and healthy.
Playfinder’s grassroots users voted online for their favourite venue and the award, in its third year, is judged on pitch quality, venue amenities and customer experience.
Playfinder is a platform for sports players who want to find and book sports venues in London. Users have the choice of over 1,000 venues for 17 featured sports and can book through the site or app – iOS and Android. The service is available in London, Manchester and Brighton with plans to expand the service further in the UK through 2019.
Jamie Foale, Co-Founder of Playfinder, commented: “Newham Leisure Centre continues to be a hugely popular facility and they set the standard for grassroots facilities. NewhamActive’s decision to make the venue accessible 24-7 is a perfect example of its commitment to getting more people active. Well done to Richard, Rita and the rest of the team.”
Newham Leisure Centre Business Development Manager Richard Lukombo said: “I am honoured to receive this award on behalf of my team, they have been excellent providing a top quality service and prepping the facilities for our users round the clock.
I would like to thank Playfinder for acknowledging Newham for the Outstanding Sports Facility Of The Year. This award will definitely spur us all to keep the momentum going. The foundation of any great organisation is rooted in service and facilities. It is the nurturing force that fuels all growth. I think it’s fair to say none of this would be possible without Rita’s contribution and hard work also.”