Charitable trust appeals for support as doors stay closed

on Wednesday, 29 July 2020.

Fife Sports and Leisure Trust

Fife Sports and Leisure Trust are appealing to customers for support as they wait for the green light to open our doors in line with the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 Route Map.

They were hoping to begin our phased re-opening of our leisure centres within weeks, but we are now asking customers to be patient as the enforced closure continues to have a significant impact on our organisation.

They’re backing Community Leisure UK’s – the umbrella organisation which represents non-profiting distributing leisure trusts –  #saveleisure campaign to highlight that nearly half of all public leisure facilities in the UK face permanent closure by the end of the year, unless, local authorities receive urgent ring-fenced funding from the Government to overcome the enormous financial impact of the Covid-19 lockdown period and its legacy.

Emma Walker, chief executive for Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, said: “Our teams have been working hard to implement the highest health and safety measures in our centres and we have been regularly communicating with customers so that they can see what steps are in place, how they access facilities and what activities and programmes are possible with social distancing protocols in place.

“We know our customers are keen to get back to our facilities, however, we would like to appeal for patience and support while we deliver our re-opening programme – we operate 14 leisure facilities across Fife and each one is different and some will lend themselves more readily to social distancing measures than others. As a charitable trust, we hope that people will understand the huge impact that the lockdown has had on the organisation and we’d like to assure local communities we are committed to delivering accessible leisure opportunities.

“Our backing of the #saveleisure campaign demonstrates the severity of our position, and, as we manage and operate the leisure facilities on behalf of Fife Council, we are calling on it, MSPs, local councillors and other stakeholders, as well as the public, to lobby the Government for support to ensure that community leisure services have a long-term, sustainable future.”

Fife plans Phased return for Fife's sports and leisure centres

on Tuesday, 28 July 2020.

Fife’s sport and leisure bosses

Fife’s sport and leisure bosses have revealed which centres will re-open first - as soon as they get the green light from the Scottish Government.

The charitable trust, which manages 14 facilities across the region, will begin by opening the doors at its flagship venues - Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre in Glenrothes, Carnegie Leisure Centre, in Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre.

'Obesity strategy ‘doomed to fail’ if funding not found for struggling leisure facilities'

on Monday, 27 July 2020.

ane Nickerson, Swim England chief executive

Swimming can play a key role in helping the Government achieve its goal in tackling obesity – but the project is ‘doomed to fail’ if necessary funding is not provided for struggling leisure facilities.

Jane Nickerson, Swim England chief executive, issued the dire warning after Prime Minister Boris Johnson launched the Tackling Obesity: Empowering Adults and Children to Live Healthier Lives strategy.