Virgin Active is one of the parts of Richar Branson´s Virgin Group, dealing with health clubs spread around most varied countries, such as South Africa, Namibia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Australia and the United Kingdom.
The chain was born in 1998 in Preston, Lancashire.
It first expanded to South Africa, where it had a huge success, then in 2004 to Italy. Seven years after its launch, in 2005 the company already had more than a hundred of clubs: 25 in the UK, 77 in South Africa and another 12 in Continental Europe. Its first Australian club was opened in Sydney in 2008. Then in 2006, after purchasing the very prestigious Holmes Place chain, the number of its UK clubs got incremented to 72.