Two Watford leisure centres rated ‘excellent’

Fitness fans in Watford are benefiting from having two top-class leisure centres on their doorstep.

Published: Wednesday, 6th September 2017

Both Watford Woodside and Watford Central Leisure Centre, which are managed by Everyone Active on behalf of Watford Borough Council, have been recognised for their excellent services following a tough assessment by Sport England’s leading national quality scheme, Quest.

Quest was established in 1996 and is the best-known improvement programme within the leisure sector. It defines industry standards and encourages the ongoing development of facilities and services.

Both of Everyone Active’s Watford leisure centres were awarded the status of ‘excellent’ through the Quest Plus Process. The latest figures show that only 120 centres across the country out of 634 accessed by Quest managed to achieve the top notch rating.

The centres went through a rigorous inspection process in order to achieve the accolade, including mystery visits and a two-day, on-site assessment to evaluate all aspects of their operations and management.

The award not only recognises the consistently high-quality services delivered by colleagues and the top-class facilities on offer to customers at the centres, it also acknowledges the extra effort by Everyone Active to engage the community and improve individuals’ health and wellbeing through fun, affordable activity.

Karl Miles, Everyone Active’s contract manager in Watford, said: “We are extremely proud of the centres for being named excellent by Quest, and the on-going hard work of our colleagues that has resulted in such a prestigious award.

“The accolade is a testament to our commitment to providing the best service and experience possible for our customers. It has been a real team effort and I’d like to thank everyone involved for their support.”

Dorothy Thornhill, Elected Mayor of Watford, said: “When we built the new Central and Woodside centres, we were determined that the facilities would be as good as the private health clubs, but at a price everyone could afford. Both centres have gone from strength to strength and I’m delighted that they are now officially some of the best leisure facilities in the country. Everyone Active have been fantastic partners to work with, and this award is testament to the great job the staff at both leisure centres do to help us all keep fit and healthy.”

Deputy Mayor Cllr Peter Taylor, Portfolio Holder for Client Services, said: “We are so proud to be able to provide such high standards for people in Watford. Keeping fit and healthy is important for all of us, and Everyone Active’s affordable prices make this possible for everyone in Watford.”

For more information about Watford Woodside Leisure Centre, call 01923 892710, or call Watford Central leisure Centre on 01923 296750. Alternatively, visit

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