BH Live finalist in the ukactive and Matrix Flame Awards 2014

BH Live has been shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s ukactive and Matrix Flame Awards, the most highly coveted accolade of the health and fitness sector.

The awards recognise suppliers, operators, educational institutes, health practitioners and corporate organisations that have demonstrated exceptional standards across their area of work. The news was announced by ukactive CEO David Stalker who revealed the finalists in a live webinar.

Speaking after the announcement Stalker said,

“We would like to congratulate each and every finalist who has reached this shortlist stage. The assessment process is known for being the toughest in the business and the level of competition just gets better every year.”

Peter Gunn, BH Live Chief Executive added,

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted as a finalist for the Healthy Partnership Projects award in recognition of a collaborative project called CHAIN (Cycling Against Hip Pain).”

BH Live, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, Active Dorset, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth Borough Council and Christchurch Borough Council have worked together to launch the CHAIN activity and education programme, based on a concept proposed by Mr Robert Middleton, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and hip specialist at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. The programme is measuring the progress of a number of participants who are taking part in regular cycling activity, providing evidence which suggests it could contribute in reducing hip pain and the need for surgical intervention.

CHAIN began in October 2013 and benefits reported so far have been very encouraging with participants confirming they feel fitter, healthier and stronger; with improved flexibility, mobility, less pain and a reduced need for analgesics.

Gunn concluded,

“This is fantastic recognition for the work BH Live is doing, with local and regional partners, to increase the health and wellbeing of our local community through supported physical activity.”

Finalists will celebrate and winners announced at the Ball of Fire in Telford on 2 July 2014.

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Notes to the editor

About BH Live

BH Live is the South Coast’s leading operator of leisure and event venues – a social enterprise that designs and builds engaging experiences to inspire people and enrich lives. With over 2.5 million visits a year and over £31 million turnover, the organisation is changing lives – placing it at the heart of the UK’s growing social economy.

In 2013/14, BH Live hosted 423 shows, sold over half a million cultural, sporting and entertainment tickets, clocked up 1.8 million leisure centre visits and welcomed 88,000 conference and exhibition delegates which contributed over £45 million to the local economy.

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Elizabeth Symmons
PR & Corporate Communications Executive, BH Live