College fitness tutor Holly Lynch has been named Female personal trainer of the year 2021 at a national awards ceremony.

Holly, who teaches on our adult Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer programmes as well as our 16-19 sports programmes, scooped the title at the Fitness Professional Awards, held at Liverpool Hilton.

The awards are a nomination-based process, with a voting system, longlisting and then shortlisting.

The award relates to Holly’s personal training work outside college which she has done for 10 years and recently opened her own studio and gym, Empower HQ Training, in Barrowford.

Holly said: “I’m still stunned that it was my name called out on the night! You really don’t know what they’re looking for, so I had a no idea that I would win. I have a true passion for health and fitness and love working with people both, so to get this award is amazing.”

Holly works 12 hours per week between Nelson and Colne College and Accrington and Rossendale College.

Morag Davis, Assistant Principal for Technical Curriculum for the Nelson and Colne College Group, congratulated Holly on her win, saying: “Holly is an incredible tutor and this award is an inspiration to all her students past and present.

“The award win demonstrates the quality of teaching at our colleges, and it is good for our students to see how their learning can be transferred into the workplace, to huge success.

Holly opened Empower HQ on October 1st this year and sees it as a community hub of activity for the area.

She said: “Having the studio and gym, also enables me to provide real life settings for my students at college and I love being able to teach others the joy of being a fitness professional.”

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