Soccer legend Packie on hand to present White Flag Awards 2008
THREE County Wicklow leisure facilities have received the White Flag Award 2008 from the Industry for Sports, Fitness, Aquatic Facilities, Outdoor, Spas and Wellness (ILAM).
The flag awards are the only comprehensive quality award for leisure facilities in Ireland and legendary former Irish goalkeep- er Packie Bonner presented the awards at a gala ceremony which was held in The Strand Hotel, Limerick.
It is the first time the Coral Leisure Centres in Wicklow Town and Arklow and the Bay Health and Leisure Club in the Arklow Bay Hotel have been recognised by the ILAM.
The awards are now in their eight year of existence and are designed towards sports halls, fitness studios, health suites, spas, gyms and swimming pools.
Over 100 facilities nationwide made applications, with 102 of them eventually receiving the renowned white flag status.
The criteria that each facility must reach incudes the exterior and grounds, the training and qualifications, the disability access and the staff training and their qualifications.
Eamonn Quigley, ILAM President and RTE’s Michael Lyster also made presentations at the award ceremony.
Aoife Mullins from The Bay Health & Leisure Club in Arklow Bay Hotel with Packie Bonner and ILAM president Eamon Quigley in the Strand Hotel, Limerick.