Virgin Active is a chain of health clubs in South Africa, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Initially trading in South Africa as 'The Health and Racquet Club', it was near collapse when it was acquired by Richard Branson's Virgin Group.

It has subsequently expanded its operations to Italy, Spain, the UK and, as of December 2008, Australia.

On November 1, 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.

Source: Wikipedia