Kirkcaldy pool celebrates its official opening

Gordon Brown MP, Fife Flyers player-coach Danny Stewart and Provost of Fife Jim Leishman, with pupils from Kirkcaldy West Primary at the official opening of the new Kirkcaldy leisure centre.

Gordon Brown MP, Fife Flyers player-coach Danny Stewart and Provost of Fife Jim Leishman, with pupils from Kirkcaldy West Primary at the official opening of the new Kirkcaldy leisure centre.

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Jim Leishman led the people of Fife in officially celebrating the opening Kirkcaldy’s new £15million leisure centre last week.

A multitude of guests joined the Provost of Fife as he unveiled the plaque on Friday, including those involved in the project, MP Gordon Brown and members of the public.

Speaking at the event, he said: “It’s great to be here today seing this fantastic new facility on show and being enjoyed by the local people.

“It has pride of place on the Esplanade with a superb outlook over the Forth for customers to enjoy.”

The provost was also joined by children from Kirkcaldy West Primary School who enjoyed hockey coaching sessions from the Fife Flyers and carpet bowls demonstrations.

Cllr Neil Crooks, chairperson of the Kirkcaldy Area Committee, said: “For Kirkcaldy people the dream comes true.

“What we have now for our young people is an incredible opportunity - facilities we would never have dreamed about in the ‘60s.”

The “challenging” build project - led by Graham Construction - involved a workforce of 250 men and 45 different subcontractors.

Since opening at the end of September, the £15.3 million facility has welcomed over 25,000 visitors - double the number which would normally visit the old pool.

Ed Watson, chief executive of Fife Sports and Leisure Trust said those attendance figures were a “great testamnent to the choice of activities on offer.”

“The additional dryside facilities at the new centre have allowed our staff to deliver a much better range of programmes for the local community than was previously possible,” he explained.

The new centre boasts a 25m six-lane swimming pool with poolside spectating for 90 people, a training pool with an underwater moving floor, accessible family wet side changing facilities, a health suite with sauna and steam room near the pool area.

It also contains a 60 station gym with the latest range of equipment, a purpose built aerobics studio, a four court sports hall, childrens’ play centre with nearby cafe and a meeting room.

Locals are urged to drop in and look around the new facility. Visit www.fifeleisure.org.uk for information.