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Can't Face Monday Morning? Virgin Active Has a Squad for That

Focused on bringing the club’s benefits to life, Virgin Active are placing staff at the heart of the campaign

Can't Face Monday Morning? Virgin Active Has a Squad for That

Having set out to highlight the attitude, wit and charm synonymous with the Virgin brand, the latest integrated campaign from Virgin Active focuses on the transformational role its staff can have on member’s fitness regimes and results.

‘We’ve got a SQUAD for that’ highlights the breadth of expertise on offer at Virgin Active, whether it’s swimming, tennis, HIIT or yoga – there is a highly qualified ‘Squad’ member to help you on your journey to feeling ‘unstoppable’.

The 30-second short film follows an impressive line up of real life staff from Fitness Coaches to Receptionists and Yoga instructors that are on hand and ready for any challenge / goal.  

Throughout the film Virgin Active encourages customers to “Bring your back to back meetings, bring your bad coffee, bring your grumpy bosses & their ridiculous deadlines, bring whatever you see fit to lay in our path Monday… Because whatever it is, at Virgin Active WE’VE GOT A SQUAD FOR THAT’.”

The integrated campaign goes live on September 1st and is supported by VOD, OOH, paid social, mobile, radio and DOOH.

Clare Gambardella, Chief Marketing Officer, Virgin Active EUROPE, said:

‘So often our members comment that it’s our friendly, authentic and passionate club teams that make us stand out for them. With that in mind, we wanted to showcase our fabulous people and highlight the range of expertise and commitment in all our clubs. Whether it is achieving your fitness goals or learning a new skill like tennis or swimming, we firmly believe that Virgin Active people are the best in the business at helping you to get there.”

Andy Taylor, Executive Creative Director, iris, said:  "Whatever life throws at you, Virgin Active have a squad to prepare you for it. In this instance, life threw the opportunity back at the Virgin Active Staff to star in their own commercial. The way they performed under the pressure of the camera leaves me in no doubt they’d lick me into shape if ever I was drunk enough to sign up for a Marathon.” 

Having released its first campaign with iris in January, the creative network has continued to build upon the brand’s new positioning as ‘The Club For The Life You Want To Live’.


Advertiser: Virgin Active

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: iris

Creative Director: Francois Boshoff

Planner: Tom Edwards & Rob McWilliam

Executive Creative Director: Andy Taylor

Photographer: Alexander Rhind

Agency Production: Lula Boardman & Felicity Cruikshank

Creative Team: Gabi Mostert & Gareth King

Account Supervisor: Julie Duffy

Media Agency

Media Agency: Vizeum Manchester

Production Company

Production Company: Mindseye Media

Director: Luke Bellis


Edit Company: Mindseye Media

Editor: Luke Bellis

Post Production / VFX

Post Production Company: Unit

Print / OOH

Designers: Gabi Mostert & Gareth King

Photographer: Alexander Rhind

Line Producer: Andy Gorton

Genre: PR