April 25, 2018

Fife Sports and Leisure Trust celebrates 10 years of getting active

We are celebrating 10 years of getting local communities more active more of the time.

Fife Sports and Leisure Trust was launched in April, 2008, with a mission to make a difference to the people of Fife by delivering opportunities to become more active. A charitable trust, we manage and operate 14 leisure facilities on behalf of Fife Council.

Since our launch, the trust has improved attendance rates, engaging with local communities to increase physical activity participation thanks to well-managed and attractive facilities and programmes for all ages and abilities. To date, we have seen over 22.7 million visits to our facilities.

We have marked the anniversary with a commemorative publication outlining its highlights and achievements and is making it available to customers and partners on its website.

Commenting on the anniversary, Ed Watson , chief executive of Fife Sports and Leisure Trust said: “Putting together the tenth anniversary magazine has reminded me of the fantastic work which has been delivered by our staff over the years – the number of initiatives and programmes that have been aimed at getting more people physically active is impressive. In addition, the provision of quality facilities at affordable prices has enabled people to enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of getting active.

Trust 10 years
Front row  Cllr Judy Hamilton. Back row Wendy Watson, chief operating officer, Fife Sports and Leisure Trust and Andy Innes, duty manager, Fife Sports and Leisure Trust

“Over the years we have strengthened our partnership working with organisations such as Fife Council, NHS Fife, Disability Sports Fife, sportscotland and local sports clubs in order to deliver a wide range of initiatives. I am proud of the trust’s track record in delivering health programmes for people living with long-term health conditions, improving access to physical activity opportunities to tackle health inequalities, providing discounted and free activities for young people and supporting local athletes.

“I’d like to thank customers for their support, by choosing to use the trust’s sports and leisure centres; they are helping us to continue to re-invest profits back into facilities and programmes.”

Cllr Judy Hamilton, Convener of Fife Council’s Community & Housing Services Committee, said:

“The services provided by Fife Sports and Leisure Trust on behalf of Fife Council are vital in contributing towards improving the health and wellbeing of Fifers. It’s encouraging to see the trust’s good work continue to increase participation in sport and physical activity in our facilities across the Kingdom.

“Despite financial challenges, we are continuing to invest in leisure facilities and the trust’s range of programmes will help to reduce health inequalities in the long term. There is much work still to do and we are all ambitious and committed in our aims to continue tackling these health inequalities to make a fairer Fife.”

Click here to view the trust’s commemorative brochure.

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