BEST OF BRITISH IN THE EUROPEAN SPOTLIGHT
Since 2013, the European Pool & Spa Awards has been shining a light on the most innovative domestic pools, spas and hot tubs on the continent. The third European Awards, hosted by EUSA (European Union of Swimming Pool and Spa Associations) are set to take place this Autumn at Piscina & Wellness Bar Barcelona. These awards have increased from three to five categories, with entries expected across the 13 countries that comprise EUSA. The domestic award categories are: Outdoor Pool, Indoor Pool, Spa, Hot Tub and Above Ground Pool.
Leading the way for Britain, winning UK companies are selected from the British Pool & Hot Tub awards hosted by BISHTA and SPATA, which makes them eligible to be put forward for the EUSA European Pool and Spa Awards shortlist, based on whether they meet the required criteria.
The primary purpose of EUSA is to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe. Firstly, to lobby on behalf of the industry, on topics such as European standards. Secondly, EUSA has a major role to play in promoting the industry and the EUSA Awards provide a fantastic opportunity to highlight the work being done across Europe. Success in the EUSA Awards is recognition from the industry for the quality of the work being entered and also celebrates the excellence within the wet leisure industry across Europe.
The EUSA Awards are open to all National Associations that are EUSA Members, to send in their entries. Each entry submitted by an EUSA member must comply with the relevant National Association Standards, where applicable and may be disqualified if this is not the case. In future, the entries will be expected to comply with the new European standards for domestic swimming pools (EN 16582 and EN 16713).
All entries are checked for technical merit, eligibility for the category and their aesthetic appeal. For the UK, entries are submitted from winners of the British Pool and Hot Tub Awards hosted by SPATA and BISHTA.
Judges for the EUSA Awards will assess the entries on their visual impact, innovation and aesthetic appeal. The identity of each entrant will not be given to the judges, this means that judges can vote for any entry. The EUSA judges will aim to award a Gold, Silver and Bronze award in each category, subject to their being sufficient entries, of a suitable quality.
The BSPF wish the 2015 shortlisted entries from BISHTA and SPATA ‘good luck’ in this year’s competition in Spain. Chris Hayes (BSPF Managing Director) comments; “The BSPF is proud to be a member of EUSA and supports the EUSA Awards as a practical way of raising the profile of the great work being done in the UK and across Europe. The competition is extremely fierce and so if there are any British winners this year, they can be sure that they have achieved something worthy as an accolade from their peers in Europe.”