A DANCE school boss is celebrating after winning yet another honour in an already magnificent year of achievement.
But this award has nothing to do with talent on the dance floor.
It shows Bethany Ainsley’s success in her dealings with the younger generation.
Bethany’s company called Nouveau Fitness is widely recognised for the way it brings cut-price fitness and dance to the whole of the community.
But it also helps children by giving them a chance to get involved in dance, pantomime and music.
Its tremendous efforts has seen Nouveau Fitness awarded Investing in Children membership which aims to support both children and young people.
Bethany - who hails originally from Hartlepool - said: “It is a fantastic achievement for everyone at Nouveau Fitness as it represents the opinions of children and young people accessing our service.”
She said her aims for the future were to “assist more young people to make big strides towards personal development”.
Bethany, who has been dancing for ten years, founded Peterlee-based Nouveau Fitness Community Interest Company. It offers fitness and dance classes across County Durham, including in areas with some of the highest levels of social and economic deprivation in the country.
This has been quite some year for the company which collected two other accolades earlier this year.
The first saw Nouveau Fitness receive a £15,000 cash prize from the Lloyds Banking Group Entrepreneurs Programme.
The second was the Future 50 Award, which recognises Bethany as being among one of the UK’s 50 brightest young social entrepreneurs. Nouveau Fitness now has a 10-strong team of instructors and 1,000 students.
But its success goes even further.
For the last three years it has been part of the Move4Life programme which is a County Durham County Council Public Health and County Durham Sport initiative, which has successfully helped over 13,000 people at risk of cardio vascular disease and type 2 diabetes.