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Sports Development Unit Attain Quest Accreditation 30 June 2006

Manx Sport and Recreation’s Sports Development Unit have recently been awarded Quest accreditation. Quest is the premier quality initiative for the management of sport and leisure facilities and Sports Development.

The Island’s Sports Development Unit recently underwent a two day assessment from an external verifier in the UK, who assesses the work of the Unit and benchmarks it against other Sports Development Teams throughout the British Isles. The score of 70%, places the Unit in the top 10% of Sports Development Units throughout the country, for first time assessments.

Paul Bridson, Sports Development Manager said:

‘I am delighted that the Sports Development Team has been awarded this quality standard, and has demonstrated continuous improvement in the management of customer service, strategic planning, research, partnership working and health and safety. It is credit to the dedication and hard work of the team over the last 12 months that we have achieved such an award.’

Tourism and Leisure Minister David Cretney said:

‘This is a fantastic achievement, and I am extremely proud of the huge contribution of the staff, which has resulted in such a positive outcome. Indeed just recently the National Sports Centre facility operations underwent a similar assessment, and now the Sports Development Unit has also been awarded with the Quest accreditation - demonstrating the positive contribution that Manx Sport and Recreation is making to the Island’s population.’

Paul Bridson added:

‘We have received a comprehensive report from the independent assessor, which makes recommendations for improvements. We shall be working very hard over the next two years, to ensure that we continuously improve our service. It is not a question of hanging the plaque on the wall and just standing back to admire it. We will use the scheme as a catalyst to move forward with the target of increasing our score in the future.’

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