Sketchley Grange Hotel, part of the Focus Hotel Collection, is delighted to announce that Kate Darby, Health Club Manager at its onsite Romans Health & Leisure Spa, has been awarded the prestigious title of Manager of the Year by 3D Leisure, with the club itself also emerging as a finalist in the Health Club of the Year category.  

The annual awards by 3D Leisure aim to recognise excellence and leadership within the health and fitness industry. In this year’s awards, Kate’s exceptional management skills, dedication to operational improvement, and unwavering support of the wellbeing of members set her apart from the other 141 nationwide nominees.  

Under her leadership, the club has become a hub of health and wellness within the community. Kate’s success is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire team at Romans.  

Phil Brampton, General Manager of Sketchley Grange Hotel & Spa, said:

“We are incredibly proud of Kate’s achievement, which is fully deserved and testament to Kate’s relentless commitment towards driving the club forward. The award also recognises and celebrates the energy and professionalism demonstrated by the Romans team every day, which is instrumental to the success of the business.” 

Devin Grosse, CEO of Focus Hotels, also commented:

“This is a wonderful achievement for Kate and the rest of the team at Romans Health & Leisure Club. Kate is a true asset to the club, Sketchley Grange and Focus Hotels, and we are overjoyed that her incredible work has been acknowledged with this well-deserved award.”

Mark Castle, Regional Manager for 3D Leisure, added:

“It is not often that both a manager and a club are nominated in the same year for such prestigious awards. Since starting just 18 months ago, Kate has made a significant impact at Romans, and the standards of service delivery and operational management have improved immeasurably. Her enthusiasm and drive to enhance her team and facility are outstanding and it is no surprise that the club has benefited greatly, with the overall performance reflecting this.” 

Sketchley Grange Hotel & Spa is managed by Focus Hotels Management Limited, a leading hotel management company in the UK.