EVERYBODY Sport and Recreation has recognised Holly Brough's hard work and dedication with a Special Recognition Apprentice of the Year award.

Holly works at Holmes Chapel Community Centre, and has transformed her life since joining Everybody as an apprentice.

An Everybody spokesman said: "Holly’s story as a Level 2 fitness apprentice is an amazing one.

"Before starting with Everybody she was having a difficult time. She hadn’t been in school since the age of 14 and struggled with mental health issues.

"She found a passion for fitness, with it becoming an escape from reality and something to focus on, and says it gave her a sense of achievement.

"When she felt ready she decided she wanted to work in the fitness industry. She contacted the volunteer programme at Everybody and was signposted to its apprentice scheme.

"With no qualifications, Holly didn’t think she was in with a chance of being offered one, but applied 'just in case'. She impressed staff at Everybody and was offered an apprenticeship.

"Starting her apprenticeship was what Holly cited as the reason she came out of her shell and increased her confidence.

"The Everybody team supported her in her development and allowed her to work within different sectors of the leisure industry.

"She began delivering fitness classes and creating programmes for members, and decided personal training was where she wanted to be. Holly was determined, and fast-tracked her apprenticeship.

"She has been recognised for her hard work and dedication and has won numerous awards, including the Special Apprentice Recognition at the South Cheshire Chamber Awards.

At the awards her manager Jade Stone said: "Holly is a real asset to our company, and her passion and drive is a real inspiration to other employees.

"She is a great role model for new apprentices and staff joining the company as she always does her best to support everyone around her.”

Holly won the Learner of the Year Award at the recent Everybody Staff Awards, where she was nominated by numerous colleagues for her hard work and dedication to Everybody.

She has since secured a permanent role at Everybody, working in Holmes Chapel Community Centre and Alsager Leisure Centre.

Her long-term aims include setting up a programme to support those suffering with mental health through exercise.

Holly said: "I don’t know where I’d be if I hadn’t started with Everybody, and I'm now enjoying looking to the future with the company.”