Portlaoise Leisure Centre is the winner of an Ireland Active Conference and White Flag National Quality Standard Award.
The Awards took place at the Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone on Friday, 11th November 11.
The ceremony awarded leisure and fitness facilities for their remarkable standards in the areas of safety, hygiene, customer service and human resources.
Mark Roberts, General Manager of Portlaoise said; “We are proud to have achieved this prestigious award.
“It recognises the hard work and dedication all our staff do in striving for excellence.”
The White Flag National Quality Standard, grades facilities’ operational standards, similar to the Blue Flag award which classifies Ireland’s beaches, and it is the most sought after accolade in the leisure and fitness industry.
It is the only industry specific award for the Irish leisure and fitness sector and this year saw over 100 entrants for the Awards.
The White Flag National Quality Standard is based on the four essential areas when operating any leisure or fitness centre: Safety, Hygiene, Customer Engagement and HR.
The standard is designed to encourage continuous improvement and it is categorised into three levels for the leisure and fitness sector: Gold, Silver and Bronze. Awards are also given for the hotel sector at two levels: Emerald and Diamond and an Accessibility Award is given for centres which excel at making their facilities accessible for people with a disability.