Old Kirkcaldy pool signs off with rise in attendances

The new swimming pool at Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre
The new swimming pool at Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre

Kirkcaldy swimming pool recorded a rise in attendances in its last year of operation as more people across Fife made use of sports facilities.

The pool complex, which closed in the summer and has been replaced by the new Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre, saw attendances increase by over 11,000 in 2012/13.

Attendances were also up at Bowhill Swimming Pool, but were down slightly at Beacon Leisure Centre in Burntisland.

Across Fife, sports facilities run by Fife Sports and Leisure Trust attracted over two million attendances for the second year in a row,

And Ed Watson, chief executive, is delighted the Trust is having a positive impact on the health and fitness of so many people in all age groups.

He said: “A report commissioned to measure the real value of Fife Sports and Leisure Trust concluded that not only has the company managed to help more people become more active, it has made a real contribution to the people and the economy in Fife, and has been successful in reaching key target groups such as children and young people under 18, adults and parents, as well as older people.

“The performance and growth within the Trust over the year would not have been possible without the commitment and abilities of our staff, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their hard work and the contribution they have made to the business.”

Throughout the Kingdom, facilities operated by Fife Sports and Leisure Trust attracted 2,114,840 attendances in 2012/13, an increase of 3.7 per cent from the previous year.

There was a rise in the number of people using swimming pools and other indoor sports facilities, such as sports halls and gyms.

But the use of outdoor facilities dropped by 10 per cent.

Kirkcaldy Swimming Pool attendances rose from 120,124 in 2011/12 to 131,309 in 2012/13, while Bowhill was up from 57,233 to 82,486. Beacon Leisure Centre dropped from 145,825 attendances in 2011/12 to 140,198 in 2012/13.

The Trust has introduced a number of measure to encourage greater use of facilities, including membership deals and special offers, such as the ‘Quid for a Kid’ scheme and free swimming for children during school holidays.

plaque unveiling

Provost Jim Leishman will officially open the new Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre tomorrow (Friday). He’ll be joined by the last swimmer in the old Kirkcaldy pool, Frederick Gibbons (90), to unveil a poolside plaque. Representatives of Fife Sports & Leisure Trust, SportScotland and Fife Council will also attend. The event will include a sports festival for youngsters, featuring coaching sessions from the Fife Flyers and a bowling club.