Trinity Sport Centre was recently awarded an ‘outstanding facility’ National Quality Standard award for 2023 by Ireland Active, the representative body for the leisure, health, and fitness industry. The Ireland Active National Quality Standard Awards were held at the Slieve Russell Hotel on November 25th, 2022. This is the ninth consecutive year that Trinity Sport Centre has received the ‘outstanding facility’ National Quality Standard Award by Ireland Active.

The National Quality Standard Awards (previously known as the White Flag Awards), have been in operation since 2001 and are the only industry specific award for the Leisure, Health, and Fitness sector in Ireland. They are the most sought-after and respected accolades in the industry and awards across the three levels of Outstanding (gold), Exceeded (silver) and Achieved (bronze).

This year, 86 facilities nationwide attended, with five facilities awarded an ‘Overall Winner’ award in different categories, having been recognised for their remarkably high standards in safety, hygiene, customer engagement and human resources.

Commenting on the award Michelle Tanner, Director of Sport and Physical Activity at Trinity College Dublin, said: “Trinity Sport are delighted to have been awarded an 'outstanding facility' award, the highest category in the National Quality Award for leisure centres, by Ireland Active. This is the ninth consecutive year to receive the award at this level, a remarkable achievement given the level of operations which have risen in recent years.”

“The award is also a reflection of the commitment and support from other areas in college such as Estates and Facilities who help us deliver the highest standards. We are very proud to win this award and we wish to thank our customers and the wider Trinity College Dublin community for their continued support.”

Speaking about the awards, CEO of Ireland Active Karl Dunne stated: “We are delighted to be able to recognise so many fantastic facilities throughout Ireland today at our annual Ireland Active National Quality Standard Awards. Our members have faced a tough and difficult year, and yet have continued to strive for the highest of standards despite all the obstacles they have faced. We are delighted to see the excellent work and dedication that has gone on behind the scenes.”

Also speaking about the awards, Chairperson of Ireland Active, Joe Cosgrove stated: “What these facilities have done during an extremely difficult and trying time is inspirational. Their commitment and dedication to achieving and maintaining such high standards is truly remarkable, and we would like to give a very big congratulations to all winners on their fantastic achievement.”

The awards reward excellence for facilities in the sector that meet the operational standards across 250 quality-based criteria and are endorsed by Sport Ireland. Participants include local authority, private and hotel leisure facilities. Ireland Active provides support for the awards in standards, programmes, garda vetting and training. In 2019, Ireland Active established the first industry specific Skillnet to assist members in accessing discounted industry training.

You can find out more about the Ireland Active National Quality Standard Awards here: