Achievements Recognised Across CLS



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Community Leisure Services (CLS) Ltd recently held their annual award presentation evening, recognising the contribution made by individuals and teams to the Charity and the success of its facilities.

Only three charity-wide awards are presented and nominations are received from all contracts. Each contract is able to nominate individuals or teams from across the charity, not just their contract and this was very much the case for the Outstanding Contribution from a New Colleague award.

Outstanding Achievement of the Year

“This person/team epitomises CLS in their demonstration of positively living the CLS Lifestyle”

This individual/team has been receiver orientated, engaged others, celebrated success and used the CLS Lifestyle to review & set future goals in the quest for going from “good to great”.

This award was presented to Mathew Smallwood, Marketing & Sales Manager for Yarborough Leisure Centre, Lincoln. 

Mathew was recognised for his contribution to the increasing usage at Yarborough, his consistent excellent team leadership and his excellent collaborative part in the development of the CLS Lifestyle Framework.

Outstanding contribution from a New Colleague

“This individual has displayed a consistent approach to ‘going the extra mile’ “.

As a new team member this person has show the willingness to make a difference from day one, assimilate themselves into the team, added value to the team & made a positive impact on his or her site.

This award was presented to Christian Duff, Contract Manager for Chorley.

Christian, joined CLS in March and, from the start, has embraced CLS philosophy of openness and engagement with all team members as well as demonstrating his ability to move his team forward positively, especially during the current building improvements.

Team of the Year

 “This team has shown the value of working together to achieve a common goal or exceed expectations”

They have faced the challenge full on, formulated plans, played to their strengths, delivered outstanding results & shared the secret of their success with others.

This award was presented to the White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre, Abingdon.

The WHLTC team were recognised for their achievements in continuing to work positively as a team during the hiatus before their new Contract Manager, Paul Johnson, commenced his role; their subsequent support and enthusiasm for new ideas and ways of working and, of course, their fantastic achievement of winning the FIA Excellence Award for their Commit to get Fit Campaign.

The Awards Dinner followed two days of intensive training where the integral theme of full staff involvement was encompassed by the fact that over 40 staff and Trustees representing all areas of the charity were in attendance.

Bob Paton, CLS’ Chairman stated, “It was a fantastic night and I was very proud to be able to present the awards to the deserving winners.

David Hughes, one of the new trustees; commented, “Having run a company with contracts spread all over the country, I can appreciate how difficult it is to engender a spirit of corporate togetherness - it appears that CLS has achieved this.