Re-opening date confirmed for Fife's sports and leisure centres

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Fife’s leading sports and leisure centre operator has announced the date it will re-open its facilities.

The charity which operates the venues will open the doors on April 26 after confirming it has all necessary health and safety protocols in place to welcome back customers.

Fife Sports and Leisure Trust will also open all its facilities at the same time, unlike the previous phased return - except the Beacon Leisure Centre in Burntisland.

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The seaside town’s popular venue has specific challenges to operate safely, and work is still going on behind the scenes after Fife Council pledged to invest £1m in the facility.

The  gym at Kirkcaldy Leisure CentreThe  gym at Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre
The gym at Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre

The trust’s preparations come as it launched a video marking the work of staff and efforts of local people to stay active over the 12 months since the first lockdown was implemented in March 2020.

The trust has been able to re-introduce its popular outdoor fitness sessions as well as a walking programme for participants of its award-winning health and wellbeing programme supporting people living with long-term health conditions.

And, as of April 5, it will expand outdoor provision for 12 to 17-year-olds who can resume contact sports.

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Emma Walker, chief executive, said: “Our staff are eager to get back and get ready to welcome customers.

“Teams are working hard behind the scenes to prepare buildings and are engaging with clubs and users who have regular bookings. In addition, communications have started with members of Leisure Active, participants of the health programme and Learn to Swim participants.

“Prior to the lockdown in December, we had enjoyed several months of service delivery and our health and safety measures were very robust – we received consistently high satisfactions scores from customers who felt staff were well informed and that social distancing and hygiene measures were of a very high standard.

“We are confident that we are in a very good position to welcome customers back.”

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Councillor Judy Hamilton, convener of Fife Council's community and housing services sub-committee, said: "It's really great to see the plans for the re-opening again of facilities, and, the huge amount of work going on to provide a safe and fun environment for us to enjoy sport, fitness and leisure.”

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