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Fifers are being encouraged to get active. Pic: Kenny Smith
Fifers are being encouraged to get active. Pic: Kenny Smith

More people across Fife are getting active, with overall attendances at Fife Council’s sports and leisure centres continuing to grow.

And the Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre in Glenrothes has made a significant contribution to that growth, with the number of visits to the town’s facilities up by almost 12 per cent in 2013-14 compared to 2011-12.

The last year has seen 423,648 people pass through the centre’s doors, while in 2011-12 378,577 attended - an increase of 45,071.

The town’s old leisure centre, Fife Institute, closed in July 2012 and the new £21m centre opened to the public in July last year.

In total, across all 13 centres run by Fife Sports and Leisure Trust on behalf of the Council in 2013-14 attendances rose by 13.66 per cent, with a total of 2,403,648 visits, an increase of 288,808.

Ed Watson, chief executive for Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, said: “Our latest performance figures are confirmation that the organisation is continuing to deliver facilities and programmes which are attractive and affordable – to see more and more people enjoy our leisure centres is the best feedback we could ask for.

“The 2013-14 period saw a lot of commitment and hard work on the part of staff, particularly with regards to the opening of two new leisure centres in Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes, and I would like to thank them for their professionalism and dedication in continuing to provide the highest standards in customer service.

“The Trust has recently set out its corporate strategy for the next three years, and, we are committed to engaging with all ages and abilities to increase participation in physical activity to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities across the region.”

Across the board, swimming pool attendances were up 4.5 per cent, the use of other indoor facilities – such as gyms and sports halls – rose by 22 per cent, and the use of outdoor facilities was up 21.32 per cent. All user group age categories recorded increases too, with particularly the over 60s, which was up 58 per cent.

Initiatives such as Quid-a-Kid weekends and free summer swimming has helped boost attendances in the under-18 age group. The trust has also developed health and physical activity programmes.