Kirkcaldy's new Leisure Centre ready for business!
Archived news: published on Thursday 26 Sep 2013 by Fife Council
Ed Watson, Cllr Neil Crooks and Neil Douglas from Graham Construction try out the gym
The Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre main pool
The Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre sports hall
Kirkcaldy’s new state of the art swimming pool and leisure centre is ready to welcome its first customers on Monday (30 September).
This week members of the Kirkcaldy Area Committee and local sports clubs have taken a tour of the multi-million pound facility.
Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre is the thirdof three in Fife to be completed as part of the Council’s £55m Future of Leisure programme. Carnegie Leisure Centre re-opened in late 2011, and the Michael Woods Sport and Leisure centre in Glenrothes opened in July.
Fife Council has invested £15.3 million in the new leisure centre for Kirkcaldy. The project was also awarded a grant of £1 m from sportscotland’s Sports Facilities Fund.
It boasts a 25m 6-lane swimming pool with poolside spectating for 90 people, a training pool with an underwater movable floor, accessible family wet side changing facilities, a health suite with sauna and steam room near the pool area, a 60 station gym with the latest range of equipment, a purpose-built aerobics studio, a 4 court sports hall, childrens’ play centre with nearby café and a meeting room.
Kirkcaldy Area Committee Chair Cllr Neil Crooks said: “This facility, facing the right way with an impressive outlook over the Forth, is fitted out with ultra-modern equipment and offers the people of Kirkcaldy more sporting amenities than they have ever had under the one roof.
“It’s not just a replacement swimming pool; it also has a fantastic range of much needed dry-side facilities for the town. I look forward to seeing the local community’s reaction to the new pool, aerobics studio, sports hall and fitness suite.”
Cllr Mark Hood, Executive Committee Member added: “Fife is in a fortunate position being able to boast showcase facilities such as this. Both Carnegie and Michael Woods Sports & Leisure Centres have seen an increase in customers since re-opening and the same is obviously expected here.
“Providing access to sport and physical activity opportunities is vitally important in assisting people of all ages with improving their health and wellbeing. These first-class leisure centres offer a great range of programmes including the affordable Council-funded ‘Quid a Kid’ initiative. It offers school aged children the chance to have a swim and enjoy a game of racquet sports at the weekend for just £1.”
Fife Sports & Leisure Trust will manage and operate Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre on behalf of the council. Chief Executive, Ed Watson said: “The Trust’s team responsible for Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre is particularly keen to welcome customers once doors open as they will be able to deliver so much more than was previously possible with the old Kirkcaldy Swimming Pool. The range of facilities and state-of-the-art equipment means that there will be a fantastic range of programmes and classes available for all ages and abilities. We are very hopeful that the local residents will be impressed with the quality and choice available at their new centre.”
For more information contactCllr. Neil Crooks, Chair - Kirkcaldy Area Committee
Tel: 01592 891 478 Contact Neil Crooks online
By Post: Fife Council,
Ed Watson, Chief Executive, Fife Sports and Leisure Trust
Tel: 01383 602310 Contact Ed Watson online
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