Active Aberdeenshire pilot proves popular

A campaign to encourage better health in Scotland is gathering pace in Aberdeenshire, with a pilot scheme to encourage greater use of Aberdeenshire Council’s leisure facilities.

Seventeen council-run pools and leisure centres are now taking part in Active Aberdeenshire, a campaign to encourage regular exercise and sport and better health and wellbeing.

One of the aims is to make it easier and cheaper to use council-run sports and leisure facilities and more than 1,600 people have already signed up to a card-based service in just a few months.

In return for a modest monthly fee which can be paid by direct debit or cash, subscribers are given a National Entitlement Card.

This can be ‘swiped’ at any participating facility for free access, whether it is for swimming, the use of gym facilities, exercise classes or sports halls.

This includes recently upgraded fitness facilities at Huntly, Inverurie and Aboyne, which have now been equipped with modern high standard fitness machines and new Powerplate machines.

Membership is available for individuals, couples or families (unlimited children) and concessions are available. A facility for clubs and other users to book and pay for facilities online will also be introduced.

As an additional incentive, those who commit to at least three months’ membership will be given a fourth month for free, providing even more incentive to sign up.

The card-based system has been developed as part of the wider Active Aberdeenshire project, which seeks to encourage people to live healthier lives by exercising regularly in ways which are easy, convenient and enjoyable for them.

It has been inspired by national work to ensure Scotland obtains a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The aim is to encourage as many people as possible to build regular, enjoyable exercise into their lives.

For those not attracted to working out in a gym or going for a swim, plenty of alternative opportunities will be encouraged, such as walking or cycling.

The Active Aberdeenshire card costs a monthly fee of £20 for a single person, £30 for a couple (two adults living at the same address) and £35 for a family. When a family buys a card, all children in the household go free.

Concession prices are also available at 50% of the above rates for young people, students, people over 60 and those on low incomes - please ask at your nearest facility for details.

The Active Aberdeenshire card is available locally at: Peterhead Pool and Community Centre, Ellon Swimming Pool and Community Centre and Fraserburgh Swimming Pool and Fitness Suite.

For more information on Active Aberdeenshire, log on to

www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/ActiveAberdeenshire