Free access to sports centres for Fife foster families

Wendy Watson, chief operating officer of Fife Sports and Leisure Trust (back left) and Mary Johnston, from Fife Council family placement team, in the gym with Michelle Birrell and her sons Anthony (left) and Lennon.

Wendy Watson, chief operating officer of Fife Sports and Leisure Trust (back left) and Mary Johnston, from Fife Council family placement team, in the gym with Michelle Birrell and her sons Anthony (left) and Lennon.

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Fife Council’s fostering families are being offered free access to 13 sports and leisure centres across the Kingdon.

The pilot scheme – backed by Fife Council and Fife Sports and Leisure Trust – provides free membership and unlimited access to the trust’s swimming pools and gyms for foster carers, the children they look after and their own children.

I would encourage foster families to take up this offer and access the fantastic range of sports and leisure opportunities we have available.

Wendy Watson, chief operating officer of Fife Sports and Leisure Trust

Rae Ormiston, Fife Council service manager, said: “We recognise the enormous benefit that our foster carers provide to children who need short term, long term and sometimes permanent care.

“We hope that by enabling access to local sports and leisure facilities foster families will benefit from the opportunities to get more active. There is lots of evidence to show that children and young people maintain a life-long interest in staying active if they get involved in sports and leisure activities at an early stage.

“We want to support our foster families to enjoy leisure time as part of family life where they can relax and have fun together.”

Wendy Watson, chief operating officer of Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, said: “I am delighted to support the work that foster carers and their families do by offering free membership to our leisure centres across Fife.

“I would encourage foster families to take up this offer and access the fantastic range of sports and leisure opportunities we have available. The trust is committed to delivering affordable and accessible leisure facilities for all ages and abilities and this new membership scheme for foster carers and their families is a fantastic addition to our efforts to encourage even more people to get active more often and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

“We look forward to welcoming foster families across Fife to our facilities.”

Michelle Birrell, a foster carer with Fife Council, said: “I am looking forward to making good use of my free membership. It is going to do the children a lot of good and, of course, it helps if I am fit and energetic to keep up with them. We are all going to have a lot of fun and enjoy being healthy and active.”