It’s the sporting Fife as 2m get physical

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Fife’s fitness fans aren’t letting the economy slow them down.

That’s the good news from the Kingdom’s leading provider of sports and leisure facilities, which has just released new figures confirming more and more Fifers are enjoying the benefits of physical activity at their local swimming pool or leisure centre.

Fife Sports and Leisure Trust’s internal Review of Performance for 2011-12 reveals that, for the first time, the number of visits to its facilities topped two million.

That’s an increase of nearly eight per cent on the previous year – an encouraging increase which Trust chief executive Ed Watson attributes partly to the continuing faith which Fifers are placing in value-for-money facilities.

“Fife Sports and Leisure Trust has invested more than £690,000 in the last financial year, improving and modernising our centres across Fife,” said Mr Watson.

“The fact that more people are attending than ever before – in an economic climate which is affecting people’s disposable income – demonstrates the excellence of our facilities, the huge range of activities on offer, our commitment to quality in service and the dedication of our staff.”

The last financial year saw a number of exciting developments for the Trust, with work well under way for major new leisure centres in Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy.

The year also saw the re-opening of Carnegie Leisure Centre following an £18 million upgrade and improvements to swimming pools at Levenmouth and Bowhill.

More than £400,000 was spent on buying the latest gym equipment for a number of centres, and attendances at the Trust’s gyms were up more than 20 per cent on the previous year. Meanwhile, there was a massive 44 per cent increase in the number of Fifers taking advantage of the Trust’s Leisure Active membership scheme, which makes activities more affordable.

Mr Watson added: “With no less than 442 new activities added in the last year alone, there really is something for everyone at the Trust’s centres.