Council’s lifeguard team scoop top award

Caption: Cllr Katherine Mitchell presents the IQL/RLSS UK Approved Training Centre of the Year award to representatives of the council's sport and active lifestyles team. (L-R)-Peter Chadwick, Tom Boothroyd, Cllr Katherine Mitchell, Gavin Staniforth, Louise Wells and Aarron Pall.

Members of Leeds City Council’s sport and active lifestyles team have been honoured with a top award for their outstanding commitment to lifesaving.

Crowned the 2013 IQL/ Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) UK Approved Centre of the year, this award recognised the council for their tremendous work around water safety awareness and development training in 2012. The council secured the award ahead of 3000 Approved Training Centres across the UK and Ireland.

Last year the team totted up a host of impressive achievements, which included for the first time a Lifeguard Charter being introduced in the city. Accomplishments comprised of over 7,000 children receiving water safety education and undertaking a range of rescue training awards for staff, teachers, coaches and the disabled, along with hundreds of training and refresher courses for new and experienced lifeguards.

The excellent training received by the lifeguard’s team also came to the fore in 2012, when three lives were saved at the council’s Holt Park, Rothwell and Aireborough Leisure Centres.

On hand to present the team with their award was Leeds City Council’s lead member for leisure & skills, Councillor Katherine Mitchell.

Councillor Katherine Mitchell, Leeds City Council’s lead member for leisure & skills said:

“I was honoured to be able to present the sport and active lifestyles team with this award, which reflects the tremendous work they are undertaking to raise awareness and provide training on pool safety in our city.

“The accomplishments last year speak for themselves, and I look forward to the team continuing to do such a fantastic job and hitting new heights in the vital service they offer at our leisure centres.”

Notes to Editors:

The IQL/RLSSUK Awards celebrate the achievements of RLSS UK Pool Lifeguards, Pool Trainer Assessors and Approved Training Centres.