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Fit like — Leisure centre numbers show Fifers are getting more active

The Michael Woods sports centre.
The Michael Woods sports centre.

Visitor numbers are up at Fife’s leisure centres for the eighth year in a row,

Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, which manages 14 council facilities across the region, said it appeared local people were getting more active after figures showed a 2.4% increase in customers between April 2015 and March 2016.

A spokesperson said the statistics proved the organisation was delivering on its commitment to get more people more active more of the time.

Fitness classes were a stand-out success with attendances at 197,214 – an increase of 12%.

Use of outdoor facilities has also gone up by 12% with 263,531 attendances.

Also proving more popular were specific programmes such as those aimed at helping people quit smoking and for people with conditions such as diabetes, cardiac incidents or cancer.

And a programme to give jobseekers discounted access to improve their health and wellbeing saw more than 300 people take up the offer.

The quid-a-kid initiative, which gives youngsters the chance to play football, racquet sports or swimming for a pound at the weekends, saw an 18% increase in take-up.

Trust chairman Ed Watson said: “Despite the closure of Bowhill swimming pool due to fire damage, we still recorded another successful year.”

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