Aberdeen Sports Village (ASV), the North East of Scotland’s premier sports facility, recently received first class acclamation from Quest, the UK Quality Scheme for Sport and Leisure, due to the array of top quality sporting events and facilities it offers.
ASV was highlighted as first overall in Scotland due to its wide range of state-of-the-art facilities and sporting amenities and ranked 17th in the UK, surpassing 582 other sports facilities from across the country. It also received an ‘excellent’ rating – the only facility in Quest’s history to achieve this standard of rating in its first assessment.
Quest is the most prestigious quality scheme for the leisure industry in the UK. It looks for continuous improvement in the management of leisure facilities and leisure development and its rigorous assessments challenge even the very best leisure centres in the UK.
David Beattie, chief executive at Aberdeen Sports Village said: “To be acknowledged so highly by such a significant industry body is a great honour to the whole team and really demonstrates the standard of facility we strive to deliver.”
ASV also came first in the UK out of 560 facilities in cleaning and housekeeping. The whole process took two years and involved a mystery visit and a two day assessment in the first year, and a second mystery visit and one day assessment in the second year.
Mr Beattie continued: “Everyone at ASV works tirelessly to provide a world class facility for the people of the North East and beyond. We ensure the facilities, equipment and surroundings are of a high standard and that there are opportunities for every group of the community – from a child playing football for the first time, to professional sportspersons training for the Olympics. Quest is much more than a tick box exercise; it is an on-going programme to improve our facility for both staff and customers, and a great way to demonstrate our achievements”
Olympic Gold and Silver medallist Darren Campbell, one of Britain’s most successful and well-known male sprinters, is also the first Quest Ambassador. He said: “I would like to congratulate ASV on achieving Quest. I strongly believe that the whole community should have accessible, affordable and high quality sport and leisure facilities on their doorstep. In working hard to continuously improve their offering, ASV is doing its bit to encourage and inspire people to get more active.”
In just over three years ASV has welcomed two million visitors through its doors and recently reached another milestone in the construction of the Aquatics Centre with the arrival of the Olympic standard diving boards. It plays a very important role in the local community, investing in the development of the next generation of sporting talent and ensuring that people of all ages have access to exceptional sporting facilities in the North East.