Aura Holohan Group have been on an award-winning streak in recent weeks and just last week Aura Tullamore Leisure Centre picked up the award for ‘Best Fitness Facility of the Year’ at the Midlands Radio 3 Customer Service Awards. In recent weeks the group has won the Sport and Leisure Award at the National Safety Awards, Best Employee Development Award at the Louth Business Awards and the Outstanding Standard in the National Quality Standards Award at the Ireland Active Awards.
Aura Tullamore has been in operation for 10 years and is part of Aura Holohan Group, an Irish owned private company with over 30 years’ experience in the Leisure industry. The Group which operates in sport & leisure facility management, architecture, consultancy and event management includes 10 Aura Leisure Centres nationwide, 2 Anytime Fitness Clubs in Dublin, DKIT Sport in Dundalk and the Support Office and Holohan Leisure Consultants in Dublin. The group has won numerous national awards for Disability Inclusion, Health and Safety, Environmental Management and Quality Systems.
Aura Leisure is the largest leisure operator in the country which employs over 370 staff across 10 Aura Leisure Centres and over 30 staff are employed at the Aura Tullamore Leisure Centre. Aura Holohan Group was recently ranked in the ‘Top 30 Best Large Workplaces in Ireland 2018’ in the ‘Great Place to Work’ awards coming in at number 23. This is the second year running that the company has made this listing. Since engaging in the GPTW a few years ago, it has had a huge positive impact on the staff in Tullamore.
Aura Tullamore focuses on making the centre as friendly and welcoming to everyone in the community. The facilities include a 25-meter 5 lane wide main pool, 2 learner pools, 2 Saunas, 2 Steam rooms, fully equipped Gym, Ladies only Gym, Aerobics Studio and 2 astro turf pitches. Their customers range all the way from Swim baby classes which are from 6 months, up to functional training classes they run on site in conjunction with the local HSE branch for members of the senior community, their oldest participant being 90 years old. The centre caters to the disability and special needs community in Tullamore and have a fully accessible building with great access to both the gym and the pools for everyone to come and enjoy exercise. They run specific classes on a Wednesday afternoon for people with disabilities and special needs groups in conjunction with the local rehab care resource centre.
Aura Tullamore teach on average 5,000 school children from Tullamore and the surrounding areas throughout the year as part of their curriculum and have on average 4,000 children per year passing through their Swim Academy programme. This year the centre has been working with local community groups such as the Tullamore Swim Club to provide them with the training facility they need to grow an ever-increasing competitive club and also setting up the Tullamore Town League on their astro turf pitches which targets disadvantaged youths and gives them an opportunity to play football in a competitive league very Tuesday and Thursday evening.
Key to Aura Tullamore’s success to date has been the partnership approach they have adopted with Offaly County Council to deliver on shared objectives, enabling a positive impact in the community. Aura’s Mission is to ‘To Improve the Health and Wellbeing of Our Communities Through Exercise, Sport and Active Lifestyles’ and they work to employ, teach and help the people in the community on that basis. Aura Tullamore have built up key working relationships with various charities, schools, community groups, special needs groups and sports groups to increase levels of participation in sport and fitness. The centre caters to various community and special needs groups including National Council for the Blind, Rehab Care, National Learning Network, Offaly Sports Partnership and the Special Olympics.
Aura Holohan Group have also launched a companywide training academy this year providing courses in Lifeguarding, Swim Teaching, Pool Plant Operations, Manual Handling, First Aid Responder and a Fitness qualification which will be launched in early 2019. The idea behind this is to give people in the local areas the skills they need to become a qualified member of the workforce and from the Lifeguard course that was held here on site in Tullamore, they have employed 2 of the candidates from the course who have both been a great asset to Aura Tullamore since their appointment.
This September saw the Aura Company join forces with the Irish Heart Foundation as their charitable partner for 2018. The company has made a pledge of €14,000 to be raised by the end of 2018. Aura Tullamore also joined forces with the local Ken Smollen food appeal which is targeting the issue of food poverty for people in the county of Offaly and its neighbouring counties. They are a designated drop in centre for food collection whereby any member of the public can drop in any spare non-perishable food they have to donate to the less fortunate. With the centre being in the heart of our community and with a footfall of over 1,200 people per week, they have seen this charitable initiative go from strength to strength and we are now donating 2 150L boxes of food per week to the campaign.
Aura Holohan group is delighted with the recent award and will conitue to strive to uphold their accolade as Best Fitness Facility of the Year