Image credit: ukactive. ukactive presented awards across 24 categories

Active Nottingham, part of Nottingham City Council, brought home two impressive wins last night after entering the ukactive Awards 2022 for the first time.

Charmaine Daley scooped the award for Physical Activity Hero and the This Girl Can Nottingham project received a ‘Highly Commended’ accolade for the Activation Award to recognise organisations which run events to inspire and encourage people to be more active.

Physical Activity Hero Award winner Charmaine Daley went head to head in a public vote against seven other UK Physical Activity Heroes, each with their own inspiring and amazing stories.

Charmaine said: “I feel very humbled and surprised. I’m just one person going to different places with my boom box, having fun and helping people to get active. I never thought it would amount to this fantastic award.

“I’m very passionate about moving to escape the world and feed our positive mental health – it’s an absolute honour to share that magic. It feels very surreal and I’m in shock. Thank you to everyone who voted for me – I wasn’t expecting it.”

Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, Cllr Pavlos Kotsonis, said: “I’m delighted Active Nottingham has been successful in their efforts to win an award at the ukactive Awards within the Physical Activity Hero category. Charmaine winning the public vote for this award is a huge testament to the amazing work she does for the community.

“To achieve Highly Commended for the Activation Award for the work the team do to inspire and encourage people to be more active is also a fantastic achievement. Lastly, well done to all the team at Harvey Hadden Sports Village for the incredibly hard work they do for being recognised as a finalist for Regional Club of the Year.”

Pictured: Charmaine Daley, Physical Activity Hero Award winner

The ukactive 2022 awards ceremony took place in Birmingham on Thursday 30 June and are the most prestigious within the physical activity sector; they recognise facilities, suppliers, operators, educational institutes, health practitioners and large corporations that have demonstrated exceptional standards in driving forward the physical activity agenda.


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Active Nottingham operates six leisure centres across the city of Nottingham: Clifton Leisure Centre, Djanogly Community Leisure Centre, Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Ken Martin Leisure Centre, Southglade Leisure Centre and Victoria Leisure Centre.

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