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The fitness industry in the UAE comprises more than 2,500 registered professionals across more than 160 venues. As the industry grows and as a way to validate the excellence of professionals in the region, Sport360 would like to recognise and reward those that have made this industry a success across all the diverse health & fitness segments.

The 2016 edition of the FIT Awards contains 16 updated or new categories including 3 categories open to submissions from the GCC. All the categories will recognize the lofty achievements of the health & fitness industry , rewarding those that have excelled across all the diverse industry segments.

Each submission will go through a rigid and transparent judging process, overseen by a judging panel of 18 of the region’s industry experts, and facilitated by Deloitte and Touche, with the shortlisted finalists revealed in October 2016 and the winners announced in front of their peers during an evening of celebration at the black-tie Gala Dinner on November 24th 2016.

 2015 Edition

FOR FULL LIST OF 2015 FIT AWARDS WINNERS CLICK HERE

The FIT Awards 2015 was held on Thursday 26th November on the lawns of The Els Club, Dubai. 15 categories were awarded on the night.

 2014 Edition

The FIT Awards 2014 was held on Friday 12th December in the ballroom at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai. 14 categories were awarded on the night; find a full list of winners of the event here and a highlights video of the evening here.

2016 FIT Awards Important Information

The judging process for the FIT Awards is a stringent process that involves more than 18 key industry figures from the UAE and GCC and is fully overseen by Deloitte and Touché.

To ensure you get the most out of this initiative, we have provided each entrant guidelines, advice and tips on how to boost your chances of being a winner.

Nomination Process

  • For each of the Facility, Individuals and special categories companies are limited to only one entry per category.
  • Each club/individual should have been operating legally in the UAE by the 15th September 2015 to be eligible to enter.
  • Your submission form matters and can contribute to the final judges’ decision. Take your time in filling this out as fully as you can and add evidence in the form of attachments or links where appropriate.  Please note submissions must be no longer than 8 pages. The judges will disregard any pages after the 8-page maximum.
  • Be as genuine as possible with your answers. Not every element is easy to measure. It is always favourable to explain and not enhance the successes.
  • Difference is Key! Judges will always be impressed with innovative ways of demonstrating success. Give examples to demonstrate your processes or successes, quantifying where possible, and include evidence where appropriate.
  • The decision of the panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

 

Successful Shortlisted Finalists

  • After submissions close, a panel of industry professionals will elect the best candidates from each category. The shortlist will be decided only based upon the information provided by each nominee, against each of the remaining category nominations.

 

Final Judging Process

  • The winners of each category will be determined by a mixture of a stringent judging process and public voting. Public voting will account for 20% of the overall decision, whereby the outcome of the judging process accounts for the remaining 80%.

 

  • Each of the shortlisted candidates will be contacted by a member of the FIT Awards Team, at least one week after the announcement of this year’s shortlist event.

 

 

Awards Night

  • The FIT Awards gala ceremony will take place on 24th It will serve as an evening to announce the winners and celebrate the finalists, as well as a not-to-be-missed networking opportunity for anyone in the fitness industry.

 

  • Each of the shortlisted candidates is expected to attend the FIT Awards evening in order to receive their award.

 

Awards Evening

The Event

The Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 24th November 2016 in the Amphitheatre at The One & Only Royal Mirage, Dubai Sports City.

The evening will commence at 7pm with a cocktail reception followed by a three course dinner inclusive of beverages followed by the awards ceremony.

Following the awards ceremony the after-party will continue late into the night.

Tickets Prices:

Standard ticket- 650 AED

Table of 10- 6,250 AED

VIP table of 10- 7,750 AED

To purchase tickets please contact;

Karalynn Thomson – Manager- Commercial & Events  T: +971 4 395 8833  M: +971 52 908 6569

E: karalynnthomson@sport360.com or fitawards@sport360.com

Important Information

2016 FIT Awards Categories:

Individual Categories

Personal Trainer of the Year- Male/ Female This award will acknowledge the importance of the role of the personal trainer within the fitness industry. It recognizes individuals with a minimum of one-year experience working in the UAE, who spend at least 15 hours per week actually training clients one on one. They are able to inspire his/her clients to personal growth and a higher level of fitness.  Shortlisted finalists will be required to provide details of their experience and skills, achievements to date, and their commitment to his/her clients.
Youth Trainer of the Year  This award recognizes an individual who is a certified Youth Trainer with a minimum of one year experience working in the UAE, who spend at least 15 hours a week training students and inspires their students to personal growth and a higher level of fitness.  You will be required to provide a CV as well as be able to describe how you inspire others and make a difference in people’s lives.
Instructor of the Year- Group/ Pilates/ Yoga This award recognizes an individual who is a certified Instructor with a minimum of one year experience teaching in the UAE and teaches a minimum of 5 Group Classes per week. Being an inspirational role model is paramount whose superior instructional abilities and influence as an instructor motivate and inspire people to commit to group fitness. Shortlisted finalists will be evaluated on their class delivery, which will focus on a number of factors pre, during and post-class and their achievements to date.
Fitness Manager of the Year  This award recognizes an individual with a comprehensive understanding of the fitness industry who goes above and beyond in his/ her role as a leader and manager.  This category is open to all Fitness Managers from studios, small-large clubs, hotel clubs, franchised and stand along clubs. You will be required to show evidence of how you motivate and inspire your team, handle customer relations, continue to educate yourself and your team and help ensure retention and profitability of your club.
General/ Club Manager of the Year. This award recognizes General/ Club Managers who go above and beyond in his/her role as a leader. This category is open to all Managers from studios, small-large clubs, hotel clubs, franchised and standalone clubs and applies to those that manager a single facility/club.  If shortlisted, finalists will be required to show evidence of how they have met customer demands, handled customer complaints, motivate and inspire their team, processes and initiatives they have implemented and more.
Social Media Campaign of the Year (Individual) This category is open to individuals that delivered effective integrated health, wellness or fitness campaigns through social media channels. For example: the individual promotes or inspires their followers to live active, healthy lifestyles, encourages them to try new types of activity or products and acts an inspiration to others. Judges will look for evidence of post campaign success demonstrated through quantifiable reach and impact on target audience in terms of engagement levels and behavioral change measured against original objectives.

Business/ Facility Categories

Facility of the Year (up to 3,000 members) This category is for small-medium gyms with a maximum membership of 3,000 members or less. This could be hotel clubs or standalone facilities. Your club will have demonstrated excellent progress in areas such as – but not exclusively – member recruitment and retention, staff training and expertise, customer satisfaction, services provided and what makes you stand out from the rest. In short, you will have a club to be proud of and you’ll want everyone to know about it.
Facility of the Year (3,001+ members) This category is for larger Clubs with 3,001+ members or over. This could be a specific branch of a franchised club, standalone clubs or hotel clubs. Shortlisted finalists will stand out from all the others and need to demonstrate excellence in areas such as member recruitment and retention, staff training and expertise, customer satisfaction, services provided, USP and more.
 GCC Wellness Facility of the Year This category is for wellness facilities of any size.  This could be a wellness branch of a franchised fitness club, standalone facility/ spa or hotel facility/ spa. Shortlisted finalists will stand out from all the others and need to demonstrate excellence in areas such as member recruitment and retention, staff training and expertise, customer satisfaction, services provided, USP and more.
Ladies only Facility of the Year This category is open to all fitness facilities, which specifically and exclusively target the female market. This could be a standalone club, hotel club or a ladies-only branch of a franchised club. You will be required to provide details of how you successfully cater to this particular area of the industry, the services and initiatives you offer, and any standout achievements by your club and your members.
Yoga/Pilates Studio of the Year This category is open to all gyms or studios that are primarily dedicated to delivering Yoga and/or Pilates classes and services. If shortlisted, you will be required to show evidence of your timetable, the facilities available for members, an overview of any workshops or initiatives your studio hosts, your teaching staff and what makes you stand out from the rest.
GCC Recreation & Leisure Facility of the Year The GCC is home to a growing number of gyms which deliver outstanding health and fitness services. This category is for fitness facilities anywhere in the GCC and could be hotel clubs or standalone facilities. Your club will have demonstrated excellent progress in areas such as member recruitment and retention, staff training and expertise, customer satisfaction, services provided and what makes you stand out from the rest.
GCC Sports Medicine / Rehab Facility of the Year This category is open to GCC (inclusive of UAE) based facilities that are dedicated primarily to providing sports medicine and rehabilitation services. If shortlisted, finalists will be required to provide full details of the facilities and services they provide, your staff, the type of patients you treat, and the achievements made by both your staff and patients.
GCC Health Food Operator of the Year This category is for restaurants; cafes and independent suppliers who offer healthy nutritionally sound foods, products or meal plans. You will offer a good range of products, be able to show suitable product availability and be able to demonstrate knowledge of nutrition and healthy eating, ideally sharing this knowledge with your customers.
Supplier of the Year This category is open to any company, distributor or organization supplying goods or products into the health and/ or fitness industry within the UAE.
Product/ Activation of the Year This category is open to brands/ organizations and/or their agencies that launched new products or successfully delivered effective health and/or fitness brand, retail or product activations. Judges will look for evidence of uniqueness, post launch success demonstrated through quantifiable reach and impact on target audience in terms of brand awareness, market share, increased sales and behavioral change measured against original objectives.
Social Media Campaign of the Year (Business)  

This category is open to organizations and/or their marketing agencies that delivered effective integrated health, wellness or fitness marketing campaigns through social media channels. For example: campaigns promoting product launches, fitness events or initiatives, and/ or the promotion of activity and a healthy lifestyle. Judges will look for evidence of post campaign success demonstrated through quantifiable reach and impact on target audience in terms of brand awareness, engagement levels and behavioral change measured against original objectives.

 

Judging Process:

Round One

  • We pride ourselves on our transparent, independent and unbiased judging process
  • Submissions/nominations will open on 1st September 2016, submission forms can be requested via the FIT Awards website
  • Once nominations close, a number of nominees from each category will be shortlisted by the dedicated panel of judges

 

Round Two

  • All shortlist finalists will be uploaded to the dedicated FIT Awards website www.sport360.com/fitawards
  • Public voting will open on the website.
  • All shortlist finalists will be evaluated by the panel of judges according to set judging criteria, and once all finalists have been evaluated the judges will convene to present and discuss the findings and place their final votes (Sport360 will be facilitators only and not directly involved in the judging process)

 

Round Three

  • The FIT Awards Judges will make the final decision on the category winners based on the highest scores within each category, the process for which will be overseen by independent auditors Deloitte & Touche.
  • The final winners will be decided by a combination of the judges’ scores and the public vote.
  • Winners will be announced at the FIT Awards Gala Dinner on Thursday 24th November 2016.

 

FAQ’s

How long do I have to have been working in the UAE to qualify for entry?

You must have been working in the UAE for at least one year to be eligible to enter any of the categories

 

Are the awards open for entry to companies outside of the UAE?

Only 4 categories are open to those outside the UAE, they are the GCC Recreation and Leisure Facility of the Year, the GCC Sports Medicine or Rehabilitation Facility of the Year, the GCC Health Food Operator of the Year and the GCC Wellness Facility of the Year categories.  They can be entered by companies based in the GCC (inclusive of the UAE) only.

Is there a fee for entering any of the award categories?

There is no fee for entering any of the individual categories (Personal Trainers, Instructors, etc). For the facility/business categories, there is an entry fee of $175 per category.

 

How will I know if I am selected as a shortlist finalist?

You will be contacted directly.  Shortlisted finalists will also be announced in October 2016.

Can I submit new information to my application once I have entered?

No, as judges may have already reviewed your application.

 

Can I enter more than one category?

Yes, as long as you meet the criteria for each category you are entering. You will need to complete a separate entry form, submit a separate set of creative evidence and pay a separate entry fee for each category that you enter.

 

When can I buy tickets for the awards and how much will they be?

Bookings open in October 2016, tickets they can be purchased via Sport 360.

 

Must the entry/entries be in English?

Yes

 

Do I have to be an entrant or finalist to attend the Awards gala evening?

Every and anyone is welcome!  In fact most attendees are going to see who will win, network with their industry peers and have a good time.

 

Who are the judges and how were they selected?

The judging panel for all categories is made up of industry experts chosen for their skills and experience within the exercise industry and internationally. They will not be revealed until the evening of the Awards. No members of the Sport 360 team are on the judging panel or part of the judging process.

 

How are the entries judged?

The judging process follows a rigorous process. To ensure absolute transparency and integrity there will be an independent observer from Deloitte & Touche throughout the judging responsible for the handling and securing of all written materials relating to the results, for compiling the score reports and certifying to the accuracy of the scores within the report.

All judges sign a confidentiality agreement. i.e. Any information (including financial and membership figures) disclosed to them during the judging process remains completely confidential.

 

Will I get feedback on my application?

Whilst individual written feedback is not possible, if the judging panel feels there are themes that can be highlighted to all entrants this will be communicated to them.

 

Can I change or withdraw my entry after it has been submitted?

No

 

Will I get a refund if required?

No. The FIT Awards only issues a refund when the submitting company has overpaid or has been incorrectly charged.

 

I would like to submit an entry but the data corroborating its success is highly confidential. What can I do?

Security and confidentiality are of paramount importance to the FIT Awards. All data and entry materials will be treated with the utmost confidentiality by the judges and management. All entries are stored in a secure place away from non-authorised personnel and shred after the Gala evening. Judges and those present throughout the judging are required to sign a Non Disclosure Agreement.

 

Disclaimer

 

 

Sport 360 is responsible for organising the event only.  The nominee shortlists have been provided by the Judging Panel, made up of noted industry experts.