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Listener Choice Awards 2017

Voting is now open in the first round of the Best Gym or Well Being Centre category of Minster FM's Listener Choice Awards 2017 sponsored by Switch Networks

You can read all about each of our entrants below and vote for your favourite at the bottom of the page.  Voting for the first round closes on Sunday September 24th at 23:59.  Following this, the top six will go through to the final round of voting with the winner announced at our Listener Choice Awards ceremony on Monday November 6th.


The entries are as provided by the nominees.


The Nominees

24/7 Fitness

Here at 24/7 Fitness our aim is to bring you great facilities, great classes, friendly staff and unrestricted 24 hour access all at a fantastic price!

Why Should You Win?

We are a vibrant company with everything to offer our members! Sauna, Steam, 24 hour access. We have amazing free plans and awesome personal trainers always happy to help. We aim to create a buzz around fitness here at 24/7 Fitness, our tag line is 'Never Retreat, Never Surender' Our aim is to make all our members start and finish their workouts with this in mind. Why should we win? Because our members are winners!


Bannatyne Health club and Spa, York

At Bannatyne, York we have a vibrant and exciting community that is passionate about health and fitness. Our main aim is to support all of our members through their fitness journey in order to achieve their goals. Offering a wide range of fitness classes, personal training options and gym and pool facilities, we are perfectly equipped to cater for a varied audience, whilst our spa offers the opportunity of ultimate relaxation. Over the past year the club has seen an enormous investment which has transformed our cafe into a hub of social activity. Our gym has become the envy of Yorkshire with the introduction of a third studio, MYZONE, Les Mills Virtual classes, Wattbikes, Skill Mills and a whole host of other cutting edge pieces of equipment. Our pool area allows you to enjoy a relaxing experience with our selection of saunas, steam rooms and jacuzzis or have a fantastic workout in our 20m pool. For more information on the club you can visit join.bannatyne.co.uk.

Why Should You Win?

The huge investment that we have seen at Bannatyne York over the last year has turned our gym into one of the best in the UK with some of the newest and most advanced equipment on the market. Our cafe is also a fantastic place to sit and socialise with friends whilst enjoying fantastic coffee and magnificent food. More importantly though is the brilliant atmosphere within the club. When you arrive you are greeted by our friendly reception team; you will immediately find yourself speaking to various other members who will soon become a friend. On the gym floor, one of our fitness advisors will be eager to help you with any questions you may have, or set you up with a new programme. The club is like an enormous family where anyone will feel at home. Why vote for Bannatyne? We are the friendliest and best equipped health club in York where everyone is welcome!



From the beginning, Blue Tiger Physiotherapy’s purpose has been to facilitate a holistic enhancement to mainstream physiotherapy and fitness. Using the most recent, evidence based assessment and treatment techniques we have developed a unique system of chronic condition management, rehabilitation and injury prevention that works for life. We believe that helping you is about so much more than just treating your condition. Unlike traditional approaches, which tend to focus on not just your pain or problem in isolation, we focus on you. We are interested in how you move, breath, walk, sit, sleep and eat, and your lifestyle beliefs. We understand how previous injuries, postural and lifestyle habits, and perhaps traumatic experiences all go to shape you as a person. Your body and mind and lifestyle hold all the clues as to why things may not be functioning to their full potential. With the right assessment, the information this gives us we can begin your journey to better management of your condition. This unique system for combating pain and overcoming injuries and completing rehabilitation has already helped our clients to reach their full potential and reclaim the life they wanted.

Why Should You Win?

I will let testimonial say it. James; a well over due testimonial…. Having been an International rower for over a decade (with career highlights as Olympic silver medallist and World Champion) I have been subject to many physiotherapists in my time. However, none quite as thorough and as smart as James at Blue Tiger Physiotherapy Clinic. There's nothing James cannot fix; from a running injury, to a recurring rowing back injury; you name it, James will figure it out and support you through your rehab journey. I don't know of any other physiotherapist who works well in to the small hours just to ensure you leave his clinic a stage further on from when you walk in. I cannot recommend James enough, it's not often one stumbles across such a genuinely smart, logical and passionate physiotherapist. •       Gillian


Energi Trampoline Park York

Imagine how much fun you, your family and friends can have together in Energi Trampoline Park York, a gigantic indoor arena filled wall to wall with trampolines! Jump your way right across the park; launch into foam pits; showboat on the basketball hoops, join in a dodgeball game, push yourself on the Cardio Wall, or challenge a friend on the timed assault course! Be the envy of your class with an Energi birthday party, make the most of the discounted family sessions and Boost meal deal sessions as well as the sessions for children with additional needs and our popular toddler sessions. On Friday Nights starting at 6pm, Energi Trampoline Park is transformed into a haven for youngsters with Junior & Teen Beats 2 hour Discos. Alternatively, chill out and unwind in Energi’s Refuel Café on our mezzanine floor providing an excellent vantage point of the arena whilst you enjoy a selection of drinks and homemade hot and cold food. Energi Trampoline Park York is open Mon, Wed & Thurs 10am – 9pm / Tues 10am – 8pm / Friday 10am – 10pm / Sat 9am – 9pm / Sun 10am – 8pm. Pre-book your session now on www.energiyork.com Contact us on 01904 360500 or info@energiyork.com

Why Should You Win?

Energi Trampoline Park York was the concept of two lifelong York residents who always felt York needed a unique leisure facility so in April 2016 we opened Energi Trampoline Park. Since opening over 14 months ago we have welcomed over 150k visitors through our doors, granted a percentage of this is local residents but this also includes visitors from up and down the country. We provide employment for over 70 individuals in a variety of roles and are we continuously enhancing their development through training and on the job qualifications. Since opening we have successfully implemented and maintained a range of bespoke sessions to accommodate customer needs such as our Autism Friendly Sessions, which have received recognition throughout the industry and media. We have also attracted an unprecedented number of Birthday Parties as well as School/University Groups, Cubs/Brownies/Scout/Guide Groups, International Students and a variety of Corporate Away Days. We also pride ourselves on our reviews on social media and not just as a “pat on the back” but a tool to develop and grow the business moving forward. Our ultimate goal throughout this whole journey was to provide a clean, safe venue that promotes Health & Well-Being across all ages and at the same time produces ear to ear smiles!!


Motivation & Co York

It’s great to motivate! You’re never too old to keep fit and I’m helping residents of local care homes to do just that. I run the structured, fun and seasonally themed therapeutic classes weekly, fortnightly or monthly, depending on what the homes and the residents want. Each class comprises four key elements - Cognitive Stimulation Therapy, Chair Based Exercise, Motivation Game & Interaction and Singing For The Brain.

Why Should You Win?

Armana Care Home, York, Jen Cammidge, Activities Co-Ordinator says "Janet has been visiting us for over a year and from session one our residents are visibly enthused, entertained and are all genuinely enjoying every minute of the sessions. We have been able to introduce this session to lots of new residents who didn't like the armchair exercise session before Janet as they found it too loud and boisterous. Janet is calm and kind, has a great way of including everyone into every session, the mental games are always very well received, the gentle exercise is manageable by all our residents (even those with very late stage dementia) and Janet makes everyone feel supported, included and to be totally truthful special, a nice touch is that she makes the effort to remember everyone's names and finds out a little about them which she then refers back to regularly. The price of each session is excellent for the amount of session you get and I would have absolutely no problems recommending Motivation & Co York to anyone who is looking for a gentle but rewarding session for your care home. We have lots of comments after each session but the main theme of each one is 'When is the next session!'


Selby swans gymnastic

It's a small run non profit gymnastic club that caters for gymnast 4-18 Allowing children to try out General gymnastic . We are bg affiliated children can obtain badges for skill progression. The club has on,y been established just over a year and we are going from strength to strength. We have 120 children over 2 night plus a huge waiting list of 1032

Why Should You Win?

I just feel that selby swans have now become a family , we believe every child is a star , we just have to find what makes them shine . We want to make a diffence . gymnastics is fun but also keeping children active . The classes enable the gymnast to help each other and become friends , while having fun and learning new skills . Win win in all areas . Team spirit and friendship is promoted highly .


Serendipity ladies health & fitness

We are a small and friendly, family run, ladies only gym, we focus on empowering women and helping them achieve real results in a happy and inspiring environment. We are also home to beauty therapists/Accupuncture/botox/nail technicians /temple spa and much more. Our staff are friendly and approachable, not to mention highly qualified and experienced, and we are here to look after you throughout your fitness journey.

Why Should You Win?

We occupy a niche in the local market, we offer friendly reliable service. Making fitness accessible to all ages/ shapes/sizes and abilities.


The Sunflower Centre at St Leonard's Hospice

The Sunflower Centre at St Leonard’s Hospice offers a range of services to patients affected by life-limiting illnesses, as well families and carers. The Centre opened in January 2016 as remodelled ‘day care’ with the aim of increasing referrals from a wider range of patients and including more tailored support for patients living with progressive conditions such as cancer, lung disease, heart failure and neurological conditions. The new service is more flexible, responsive and patient-centred, aiming to enhance independence and help patients live well by offering emotional, social, and spiritual support to manage symptoms, and allowing time and space to relax. Some of the services on offer include: a nurse-led Relaxation and Re-enablement Day; 'Chill Out Thursdays' for de-stressing and relaxation techniques, mindfulness, guided meditation and adapted yoga; art therapy workshops and one-to-one sessions; a drop-in day every Friday for information and social support, spiritual support, Advance Care Planning, art and creative work; an assisted bathing service every Friday; Bereavement Drop-in alternate Thursdays; and complementary therapies such as aromatherapy, Reiki, reflexology and Indian head massage, available to patients AND carers. The Sunflower Centre supported 138 patients in its first year, with a further 338 referrals to the complementary therapies.

Why Should You Win?

The Sunflower Centre takes well-being seriously. At the heart of it is our desire to enable people to live life as fully as possible before they die. We work hard to build strong, supportive relationships with our patients and those around them. We make a real difference by taking an holistic approach to care – physical, spiritual and emotional. It is a place of hospitality, welcome, inclusion, support, respite and friendship - a ‘home away from home’, and has even been compared to a health spa! Last year our patient Lucie Wake was really unwell from a relapse of Multiple Sclerosis: "I spent six months in the house unable to get out. I had terrible back pain and literally thought, ‘I have no life now.’" We offered Lucie complementary therapies including sports massage which helped the pain but, just as importantly, our team and others using the service lifted her out of a dark place. “It’s a very nurturing place and the staff laugh all the time. You can say the truth, which is really important – you’re not with your family who you’re trying to protect, so you can say it like it is. It’s very uplifting.”


Thomas Clubbercise

An inclusive Fitness classe for EVERYONE and ANYONE. Dark room , disco lights , UV face paints , pump up the jam . These classes are good for total wellbeing , from fitness to depression to loneliness to confidence .

Why Should You Win?

I have created something incredibly special . Anyone that comes to one of my classes would agree that's it's a safe place to sing, dance and burn loads of calories. My classes have been going just over a year. Me and my CLUBBERS have supported charity events in our masses 😀


York Sport

York Sport has the widest range of first class sport, health and fitness facilities and programmes in the city. We encourage every one of all abilities to enjoy sport, with a huge range of pay-as-you-go and membership options to suit everyone. Our two facilities, York Sport Village and York Sport Centre are home to a fantastic array of gym, cycling, swimming, sports, racquet and fitness facilities. With the addition of artificial pitches, health facilities and an array of classes. With £12 million of investment in the last 5 years, you're sure to find something to suit your fitness, sporting and wellbeing needs at York Sport.

Why Should You Win?

York Sport is the leading provider of fitness, sports and wellbeing opportunities in York. With our two sites, York Sport Village and York Sport Centre based on the University of York campuses, our facilities are open to everyone in the community and used by thousands throughout the year. Not just a gym, York Sport gets results for its members, shown by its Transformation Challenge in 2017, and its monthly gym challenges to help push people that little bit further. We focus on being accessible to everyone, with our friendly knowledgeable staff, and all-inclusive attitude to help people achieve their goals. We love to give back to our customers as well, with monthly freebies, team taught fitness class launches, and free Christmas party for the kids on our Swimming, Cycling and Tennis schemes! We also do lots of work with partner organisations, creating opportunities for sport in the city. We host the City of York, Brownlee and Junior Triathlons, the North of England Cyclo-Cross Championships, as well as being the home for York City Futsal, City of York Athletics Club and Clifton Cycle Club. You can get it all at York Sport truly does inspire activity.

Listener Choice Award: Best Gym or Well Being
Selby Swans Gymnastic
Serendipity Ladies Health & Fitness
The Sunflower Centre at St Leonard's Hospice
Thomas Clubbercise
York Sport
Energi Trampoline Park

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