Charitable trust releases attendance figures for last three months of the 2021/22 reporting period

We have recently released information related to attendance figures for the last quarter of 2021/22.

We’re pleased to report an overall recovery rate of 104 per cent between January 1 to March 31, 2022, compared to the same period for 2021. The quarter four figures for 2021/22 are up 28 per cent on the previous three-month period. The figures cover a period of near-normal operations for us and overall, the recovery rate for the full 12-month period is 67 per cent compared to 2019/21.

Individual sites such as Pitreavie Athletics Centre, Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre Levenmouth Swimming Pool and Sports Centre, and Cowdenbeath Leisure Centre showed the highest recovery rates.

Group fitness classes saw a recovery rate of 67 per cent, up 16 per cent on last quarter and we delivered 19 new fitness classes in quarter four thanks to feedback from customers. Gym attendances were up 84 per cent and the gym team expanded their personal fitness programme with 116 sessions delivered in the last three months.

Our award-winning health programme with supports people living with long-term health conditions recovery rate was 85 per cent for the quarter, with Active Options returning to 71 classes per week, the team’s newest referral programme, Active Health, saw up to eight sessions per week and the adult weight management programmes Get moving and Counterweight increased to 13 sessions per week.  

Our Learn to Swim programme continued to perform well and is Scotland’s largest provider of the Scottish Swimming, the national body for swimming, scheme, recording the highest number of attendances with over 7,906participants – this is made up of 6,959 participants at trust sites and 947 at its community programme. Since October last year, the trust has been delivering its community

Learn to Swim programme at Balwearie High School, Glenwood High School, Inverkeithing High School, Lochgelly High School and Woodmill High School.

Emma Walker, chief executive of Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, said: “We welcome the return of near normal operating conditions, but the trust is still very much in a recovery phase from a very difficult period. Like many trusts across Scotland, the Covid pandemic has brought about significant challenges following lockdowns and restrictions which will continue to have an impact on how we deliver services.

“However, the figures for the reporting period show that local communities are keen to get active and make use of the trust facilities and services and I would encourage people to continue to support community sports and leisure facilities in order that provision is sustained for the long term.

“Working with our partners, the trust remains committed to widening access to affordable, quality community facilities so that more people can get active more of the time.”