Witton Park Arena shortlisted for top industry award

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Witton Park Arena has been shortlisted for a prestigious fitness industry award, beating off strong competition to make the finals.

The arena run by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council has been shortlisted in the Best Rehabilitation Facility of the Year at the National Fitness Awards, an annual event which recognises excellence and achievement in gyms throughout the country.

The awards are organised by leading fitness industry magazine Workout, with support from ServiceSport.

In each category up to seven finalists have been selected, who will now go through to the next stage of the judging process which sees entrants go up before a panel to decide the lucky winners.

Witton Park Arena offers a number of rehabilitation schemes through Blackburn with Darwen council’s Active Living and Healthwise teams.

The specialist exercise teams offer support to people with long term health conditions to get active and stay healthy.

This includes exercise and or weight management programmes and interventions for those referred following a cardiac event, stroke or a diagnosis of COPD.

Winners of the prestigious award will be announced in December.

Councillor Damian Talbot, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Young People, said: “This is fantastic news. I would like to congratulate staff at the arena whose hard work and dedication has helped many people recover from serious illness. Exercise can play a vital role in helping people get well and stay well and can dramatically improve someone’s quality of life.”

National Fitness Awards’ director Judith Halkerston said: “The quality and quantity of National Fitness Awards’ entries just keep improving year on year and everyone who has been shortlisted this year should be really proud of their achievement so far as competition was so strong and standards so high.

“The team is really looking forward to visiting all our shortlisted clubs and seeing some of the great work that is going on in the fitness industry on a daily basis.”