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Ireland Active National Quality Standards 2019
Ireland Active National Quality Standard Awards for 2019
recognise top Irish Leisure, Fitness & Hotel Leisure Facilities
Quality Standards Awards | Friday November 16th | Druids Glen, Co. Wicklow
Ireland Active, the representative body for the Leisure, Health & Fitness Industry, awarded the top Leisure, Fitness and Hotel Leisure facilities across the country at the National Quality Standard Awards (NQSA) at the annual awards ceremony on 16th November at Druids Glen Resort.
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. Awarded to 93 facilities nationwide this year, the awards are designed to acknowledge excellence in
the Leisure, Fitness and Hotel Leisure facilities. The overall winners in five main categories are recognised for their high standards across safety, hygiene, customer engagement and human resources. Newpark Sports Centre are very proud to have been in the top three and shortlisted for the Best Leisure Facility Award.
It concludes a year great achievements and hard work throughout the centre.
Speaking on the event, Conn McCluskey, CEO, Ireland Active said: “We are delighted to host the inaugural Ireland Active National Quality Standard Awards, having rebranded the awards this year after 15 years as the White Flag Awards. The awards serve 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 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.”
A golden year for the business Oscars of quality and excellence
Newpark School Sports Centre racing ahead with award for
Q Mark Leisure Centre of the Year
The National Q Mark Awards | Friday September 28th | Clayton Hotel, Dublin 4
Its official! Newpark School Sports Centre has won the overall National Q Mark title for Q Mark Leisure Centre of the Year at The National Q Mark Awards. Their nomination put them in the top 6.75% of all audits completed by the Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA) on the island of Ireland and this win means they are at the very top of the Q for highest standards of Quality and Excellence.
Newpark School Sports Centre is a dual use facility providing a high quality, inclusive Sports & Leisure facility that caters for the students of Newpark Comprehensive School and the wider community.
“Winning The Q Mark is recognition for the whole team who work hard to provide accessible, inclusive, enjoyable and challenging classes and programs for our customers. It shows we care about our customers and the quality of the service we provide, and we are willing to go that extra mile to ensure that we achieve the highest possible standards said Damaris Ayres – Disability Liaison officer and Customer Care representative
Known as The Oscars of Business Excellence, The Q Mark Award is the highest accolade an Irish business can achieve, given both the intense competition and the exacting standards required. Speaking at this year’s awards Irene Collins, Managing Director of EIQA said “Newpark School Sports Centre have used the Q Mark process and best practice principles for 2 years. The judges said that “this company accepts their limitations and addresses them” by focusing their team on all aspects of planning, doing, measuring and reviewing the associated impacts. Winning The Q Mark for Leisure Centres is an outstanding achievement.
Ireland Active White Flag National Quality Standard - 17th November 2017 - Lyrath Estate
Newpark Sports Centre Gold Standard Award
Gold Standard in Accessibility
Four time All Star, former All-Ireland Camogie winning Captain and Ireland Active Ambassador, Anna Geary was joined by Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform, John Paul Phelan at Ireland Active’s National Conference held in Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny to recognise the five category winners of Ireland Active’s Annual White Flag Awards.
The White Flag Scheme, is the most sought after accolade in the leisure and fitness industry, and is awarded to facilities that meet the operational standards for leisure and fitness facilities as set out in the scheme. 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 White Flag Awards are the only industry specific award for the leisure, health and fitness sector in Ireland. There is an Accessibility Award for centres that excel at making their facilities accessible for people with a disability. 90 leisure, fitness and hotel facilities were awarded White Flags with four facilities receiving special recognition as category winners as well as the Industry Supplier of the Year.
This year Newpark Sports Centre were awarded the Gold Standard for Leisure Centres and also received Gold in the Accessibility Award Category.
Cara National Inclusion Awards - 30 November 2017
Newpark Sports Centre Runner Up Fitness and Leisure
The Cara National Inclusion Awards recognises groups and organisations who advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities.
This is the first year Newpark Sports Centre has been involved in the awards and they were recognised for the dedication and hard work by being Runner's Up in the Fitness and Leisure Category.
Q Mark 2017
Oscars of Business Excellence
Newpark Sports Centre Highly Commended
The National Q Mark Awards
The National Q Mark Awards | Friday September 29th | Clayton Hotel, Dublin 4
Its official! Newpark Sports Centre has been honoured as highly commended for Leisure Centres at The National Q Mark Awards. Their nomination put them in the top 6.75% of all audits completed by the EIQA on the island of Ireland and this win means they are at the very top of the Q for highest standards of Quality and Excellence. This is Newpark Sports Centre's first year to be invloved in the EIQA National Q Mark.
“The nomination generated a huge feeling of pride amongst the Management and staff at Newpark Sports Centre and boosted the overall morale and motivation of all involved in implementing the Q Mark programme. Winning is recognition for the inclusiveness, availability and accessibility of the activities we offer our customers" said Peter McGee – Duty Manager
Known as The Oscars of Business Excellence, The Q Mark Award is the highest accolade an Irish business can achieve, given both the intense competition and the exacting standards required. Speaking at this year’s awards Irene Collins, Managing Director of EIQA said “Companies who achieve the Q Mark provide their own customers with added confidence in their products and demonstrate that the highest standards of quality and excellence are at the heart of their business”
EIQA (Excellence Ireland Quality Association) has been the Irish National Quality Association since 1969. They currently audit the operating standards of thousands of organisations and businesses both in Ireland and Internationally. EIQA is known as the ‘Guardian’ of The Q Mark suite of standards which includes: The Q Mark for Hygiene & Food Safety, The Q Mark for Quality Management Systems, The Q Mark for Nursing Homes, The Q Mark for Leisure Centre’s, The Q Mark for Accessibility (ABLE) and The Q Mark for Environmental Awareness (The Green Q).