AIT Sport Gym Receives Top Tier National Quality Award

AIT Sport was awarded the top tier “Outstanding” accolade at this year’s National Quality Standard Awards (formerly the White Flag Awards), which it received for its dedication and commitment to operational excellence.

National Quality Standard Awards, conferred by Ireland Active, are awarded to leisure and fitness facilities that demonstrate exceptional standards of customer service, safety, and hygiene. 

This is the first year that AIT Sport has been audited for the highly sought after and respected award, which is reserved for facilities that meet an exacting 250 quality-based criteria.

Congratulating the AIT Sport team, AIT Commercial Manager Paul Coburn said the award was a tribute to their “dedication and professionalism” and commitment to maintaining the highest operational standards in the country.

“We set out to create the best gym in the country for our members and this award will spur us on even more,” he explained. “The team at AIT Sport is extremely proud to have received the ‘Outstanding’ award, as it reflects our commitment to consistently delivering at the highest operational standards in the industry.”

Welcoming news of the award, Marian Kennedy, AIT Sport operations manager, said, "This award demonstrates our commitment and dedication to AIT Sport and all of our members. We are so proud to be recognised for the year-round hard work and dedication of our amazing team. Without them, this would not have been possible."

Speaking of the decision to bestow AIT Sport with the top-tier award, the National Quality Standards auditor complimented the team's preparedness, both in terms of online and on-site audits, and said that the supplied documentation was of a high level and without non-conformances. 

The National Quality Standard Awards are the only industry-specific awards for the leisure, health and fitness sector in Ireland.

Athlone Institute of Technology is a research-led third-level institute with an applied, industry-focused offering, world-class research and development capabilities, and state-of-the-art facilities. Winner of The Sunday Times Institute of the Year 2020 and 2018, AIT is Ireland’s top-ranked institute of technology and is on track to open its doors as the country’s third technological university in September 2021. AIT tops Ireland’s official league table for research and was listed in U-Multirank’s Top 25 Performing Universities in the World for Interdisciplinary Research in 2018 and 2019. For information relating to the institute’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, visit

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