More Fifers getting fit

Kirkcaldy Swimming Pool & Leisure Centre'Toklbooth Street'Kirkcaldy'Artist's impression - due to open summer 2013''Image from Fife Council for media use
Kirkcaldy Swimming Pool & Leisure Centre'Toklbooth Street'Kirkcaldy'Artist's impression - due to open summer 2013''Image from Fife Council for media use
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More Fifers than ever are using the Kingdom’s sports facilities.

That has resulted in the most successful year ever for the Sports and Leisure Trust.

And despite locals spending less on leisure pursuits, figures show almost two million visits were made to centres across Fife between April 2010 and March this year.

Chief executive Ed Watson said: “This is a welcome indication of the achievements made by all staff to continue to grow the business and attract more people to our leisure centres.

“The increase in attendance figures, particularly in a time when disposable income is being squeezed, is particularly significant - it shows our overall product offers the choice, quality and affordability that Fifers want.”

Mr Watson said the next three years will be the most financially challenging for the Trust, which, he says, will have to balance a commitment to improving facilities with a reduction in Fife Council funding.

It is hoped the improved facilities that will soon be in Kirkcaldy will boost attendance numbers in the town.

Dwindles

The number of people who visited the Kirkcaldy complex has increased by almost 29,000 since 2008, however, it still dwindles in comparison to many of the other centres run by the Trust.

In the past year, 128,875 visits were made to Kirkcaldy Swimming Pool - less than a third of the number that visited Fife Institute.

And despite having a population almost three times that of St Andrews, the East Sands leisure centre gets only 6.8 per cent fewer visits a year than Kirkcaldy.

Fitness pursuits

It is hoped the new pool and fitness complex will help to change this, while the Sports and Leisure Trust has said that further work with NHS Fife and Fife Council will help to encourage more people to take up fitness pursuits.

Mr Watson added: “Work with other groups, to develop our health and wellbeing programme has delivered fantastic results.

‘‘We aim to grow this aspect of our work so people with specific health challenges have the support they need and can gain from the positive effects of exercise.”