Active Australia Virgin
Active is a chain of health clubs in South Africa,
Italy, Spain, Portugal and the United Kingdom.
Initially a South African Company, The Health
and Racquet Club, it was at near collapse when
it was acquired by Richard Branson's Virgin Group
at the personal request of Nelson Mandela. It
has subsequently expanded its operations to Italy,
Spain, the UK and Australia.
the November 1st 2006 it took over the UK-based
operation of the more prestigious Holmes Place
chain, thus increasing its UK chain of clubs from
24 to 72 overnight. (Credit:
Active South Africa
Body and Spirit