Everybody Sport and Recreation is Awarded ‘Investors in People’

By Everybody Sport April 25, 2016

Everybody Sport and Recreation is proud to announce it has received the highly acclaimed ‘Investors in People’ (IIP) Award.


Successful accreditation against the Investors in People Standard is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to sustainability.

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Pictured L-R – IIP Practitioner, Joanne Hamilton and Everybody HR Business Partner, Debbie Christopherson

The Trust is extremely pleased with the outcome of the assessment, particularly as it is so early in the launch of the organisation.

Head of HR and Organisational Development, Thomas Barton commented,

“We are really proud to have been able achieve this accreditation in such a short period of time since we formed in May 2014. We have changed considerably as an organisation in this time and using the IIP framework has helped ensure that at every stage our people have been involved and at the heart of everything we now do.

This recognition has shown that we have a real strong sense of belonging across all our teams to the business and importantly this positive ‘can-do’culture is reflected with our customers and the local communities we serve.”

Peter Hartwell, CEO added,

“After an intense period of interviews across our charity to test ourselves against the IIP standard I am delighted to announce we have been successful. The IIP award gives us the recognition we deserve for the innovation and initiatives we have implemented in our first two years of the Trust but also highlights how we can prepare for the future to develop our organisation, making Everybody an employer of choice.”

Everybody employs over 700 members of staff of which a number were interviewed to gain the internationally recognised award.

The Trust has developed a number of aims including growing an ethical and sustainable business, providing a great customer experience and developing our people to be the best; all of which are demonstrated in achieving the Investors in People accreditation.

Significant investment in employee training has been a focus for the Trust including the launch of the Everybody Academy in November 2015.

Thomas Barton continued,

“We launched the Everybody Academy in 2015, which has enabled us to maximise all learning & development opportunities for our own staff but also through providing training to other partners and local businesses, along with the introduction of our own apprenticeship programme”.

Plaques to recognise the award are now on display in all of the Everybody Leisure facilities, including it’s new Head Office at Holmes Chapel Community Centre.

For more information about Everybody Sport and Recreation including job opportunities and training with the Everybody Academy please visit: www.everybody.org.uk or email [email protected]

Notes to editors

Pictured L-R – IiP Practitioner, Joanne Hamilton and Everybody HR Business Partner, Debbie Christopherson

Everybody Sport & Recreation – Everybody is a charitable trust established to run public leisure services in the Cheshire East area. The trust aims to provide ‘leisure for life’ by changing lives through healthy recreation. The charity operates 15 leisure facilities as well as leisure development and outreach programmes and the new Everybody Academy, providing local training and career opportunities. For more information please visit: www.everybody.org.uk or follow on Twitter @ebleisure


IIP Award Brand Mark Standard (Standard) Pantone 539