A new Fife gym membership which aims to help unemployed people get active and back into the workplace has been launched.
Daytime Active is a discounted monthly pass which allows access to 12 fitness centres across the Kingdom for just £10.
The new scheme recognises the challenges faced by those trying to find a job and aims to boost their confidence to help them feel motivated while job hunting.
The programme is being delivered by Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, the region’s leading provider of sports and leisure services at Jobcentres in Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline, Leven, Glenrothes, Cowdenbeath, Cupar and St Andrews.
The affordable programme is open to those claiming Jobseekers Allowance and Employment Support Allowance and gives unlimited access, seven days a week between 10.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. to get active in the Trust’s gyms and swimming pools.
Ed Watson, chief executive for Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, said: “There is lots of evidence to show that getting more active more often improves motivation, self-confidence and quality of life.
“All these benefits are especially important if you are trying to feel your best when accessing the job market.
“The Trust is committed to providing affordable access to our facilities for local communities.”
Jim Mulholland, customer service operations manager, Jobcentre said: “We are very pleased to be supporting Fife Sports and Leisure Trust to deliver this initiative – we think it is a great programme and will deliver real benefits for those trying to stay motivated and confident as they look for work.”
Cllr Mark Hood, executive committee member, Fife Council, said: “This is a fantastic scheme that will do a lot towards widening access to gym membership for people on low incomes.”
He added: “Along with the support from Jobcentres to boost people’s chances of getting back into the workplace, this arrangement means that many jobseekers will still be able to afford membership at their local leisure centre.”