PoleCats is purring after being awarded accreditation for their teacher training courses by the Register of Exercise Professionals.

Managing director Sarah Davis - pictured at The Big Peg in Vyse Street, Hockley, Birmingham - says she is particularly happy to see her company achieve the recognition as it is a further step in its "mission to see pole dancing accepted within the fitness industry". The Coventry-based firm - which has training sessions and franchise instructors based around the UK and Ireland - describes itself as a "a pole-dancing academy".