Charitable trust launches outdoor fitness sessions 

We are pleased to announce the start of our outdoor group fitness programme while doors remain closed on our facilities due to COVID restrictions.

We have re-introduced our popular outdoor programme in line with the latest Scottish Government COVID announcement as we await the go ahead to welcome back customers to indoor facilities and programmes.

The outdoor sessions are currently available at Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre, Duloch Leisure Centre and Cowdenbeath Leisure Centre and need to be booked online in advance.

And, we have also been able to resume our outdoor walking programme for our health programme participants supporting people living with long-term health conditions such as cancer, diabetes, obesity, COPD and cardiac incidents.

Vicki Dunbar, fitness instructor for Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, said: “Our health class participants are really keen to get back to some form of group physical activity, not just from the opportunity to get active, but the chance to see other people. What has become clear is that people have struggled during this winter lockdown more than the last one. I'm really proud of our team and their efforts to stay in touch with our health programme users – from the feedback we are getting people have found it very helpful. It’s really given me a boost seeing them all again."

Sarah King-Fury from Glenrothes was one of the first customers back this year – she attended an outdoor kettlebell session at Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre. She said: “I’ve been really impressed how the instructors have adapted to provide great online classes, however, the last year has taught me how much I enjoy training with other people and seeing familiar faces. The outdoor session has been a great motivator.”

David Cunningham also attended the session at Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre, he said: “It was great to be back doing group exercise and actually see people not via a screen. The workout was brilliant, COVID safe and organised. I’m definitely feeling the benefits of getting out the house.” 

Fiona Prendergast, wellbeing and programming manager for Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, said: “While we wait for wider COVID restrictions to be eased, we are very pleased to be able to offer our outdoor programme for customers, and, due to demand, we will be looking to add more sessions. We have delivered outdoor sessions previously and we are confident with the protocols we have in place to ensure a safe experience for customers.

“We have been working hard during the lockdown to stay engaged with local communities and offer ways in which people can stay active – we have over 200 free online fitness sessions suited to all ages and abilities, as well as our 100 Mile Step Challenge, so that people can still experience the health and wellbeing benefits of physical activity while our indoor facilities remain closed.

“I’d encourage people to visit our website and take a look at what’s on offer.”

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