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Everyone Active crowns Ealing’s most inspirational men for “Our Men Can” campaign

Southall Sports Centre and Everyone Active Acton Centre have announced Ealing’s most inspirational men, following the successful launch of Everyone Active’s ‘Our Men Can’ campaign.

Ismat Hamood, aged 72, from Southall, was chosen as the Southall Sports Centre winner, after Everyone Active – the sports and leisure operator, which manages the facility on behalf of Ealing Council – launched the social media competition to celebrate inspiring men across the UK getting active and achieving their goals.

Ismat was nominated for the campaign by the Everyone Active Southall Sports Centre gym team for his dedication to the centre and his hard work. Ismat has notched up an impressive 172 visits to the gym this year. Ismat had high cholesterol and chose to exercise instead of taking medication. He has had great results both medically and health wise and he now feels as fit as he was 20 years ago.

Andrew Brandon, 65, from Middlesex, was chosen as the Everyone Active Acton Centre winner, after being nominated by his daughter Hannah James. Andrew is a hero to his daughter and continues to stay active; organising and embarking on regular international charity cycle rides, most recently from London to Istanbul. He also has a passion for encouraging others to get active; dragging everyone to his local Everyone Active gym for weight lifting competitions!

‘Our Men Can’ was launched during Men’s Health Week in June, by Everyone Active, which runs Southall Sports Centre and Everyone Active Acton Centre. The leisure operator invited people to nominate men, including any friends, family or workmates, of any age and ability who have inspired them to take on a new active challenge. The competition finished on 15 July and proved a huge success, with nominations made from all over the country on the operator’s social media pages.

After being chosen from a number of entries, Ismat and Andrew were presented with their prizes of a three month free membership. Both winners will now be entered into a national draw, for a chance to win two activity days for him and a friend or family member, worth £500.

James Bowden, Everyone Active’s Ealing Contract Manager said: “This competition was about celebrating men who have motivated and encouraged others to be active. Both Ismat and Andrew are fantastic examples of that, and they are an inspiration to everyone in the local community.”

Each winner from Everyone Active’s 111 centres across the UK will now go head-to-head in a battle to be named the national winner of the competition. The overall winner is due to be announced soon.

James added: “We’re really pleased that so many people got involved with the Our Men Can campaign – we received some fantastic nominations, and it was a great way to celebrate all of the inspiring men we have here in Ealing. We’ll definitely be supporting both our nominees in the national draw and would like to wish them the best of luck from everyone at Everyone Active.

Cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, said: “Andrew and Ismat sound like great role models, inspiring others to get active and raising money for charity.  They are both very worthy winners and I wish them every success in the national competition and in continuing to do phenomenal things to inspire others.

 

The competition follows on from Everyone Active’s Our Girl Can campaign, which was launched on International Women’s Day in March 2015, in support of Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign.

For more information about Southall Sports Centre call 020 8571 8871, Everyone Active Acton Centre call 08453 890 089 or visit www.everyoneactive.com.