Record visitors to new Kirkcaldy leisure centre

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

125,000 visitors, but Kirkcaldy well behind Glenrothes which logs 370,000

Since Kirkcaldy’s new £15m leisure centre opened in September last year, a record number of visitors have made their way through its doors.

The state-of-the-art facility, which replaced the town’s old swimming pool on the waterfront six months ago, is proving a popular attraction with the local community with 125,456 recorded visits since it opened for business.

Compared to the same period last year, Kirkcaldy Swimming Pool had 73,732 attendances - seeing an impressive 70 per cent increase in use for the new leisure centre.

With an average of over 5800 customers per week, that’s around 820 customers per day, the centre in Kirkcaldy is continuing to draw in locals to enjoy a range of leisure facilities.

According to figures released by Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, which runs the facility on behalf of Fife Council, the 70-station gym with sea views has had over 35,184 visits since it opened, the two pools have had 52,817 people using them and the multi-use sports hall has attracted 7000 enthusiasts.

The Trust reports that the fitness studio, health suite and children’s play area have also been well used.

Scott Urquhart, area leisure manager for Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, said: “It has been really rewarding for all Trust staff to see the local community enjoying the new Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre,” he said.

“The quality and range of facilities for the town is unrivalled and has met a demand for affordable and accessible leisure opportunities for families, regular gym-goers and for those who are participating in physical activity for the first time.”

He added that the Trust has a wide range of classes and programmes for all ages.

Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy Area Committee, said: “The Leisure Centre was a massive investment by Fife Council and the facilities are proving to be more and more popular with local people and visitors alike.

“There have been one or two teething problems as is normal with any significant construction project, but the numbers using the facilities tells its own story.”

By comparison...

Over 370,000 visits have been made to the Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre in Glenrothes since it opened its doors in July last year. The three pools have seen 149,177 attendances, the gym has had 83,354 visits and its outdoor facilitities have attracted 44,286 enthusiasts.