ANGUSalive set to open Sport & Leisure doors once again

11 Sep 2020 | News Story

After nearly six months of closure, ANGUSalive is looking forward to welcoming back the Angus community to its Sports and Leisure centres next week.

Arbroath Sports Centre, Forfar Community Campus and Montrose Sports Centre will reopen from Monday 14 September; Brechin Community Campus and Carnoustie Sports Centre from 18 September; and Saltire Sports Centre, Arbroath, and Websters Sports Centre, Kirriemuir from 21 September.

Although enhanced cleaning, social distancing as well as other safety measures will make the experience a little different, the trust hopes that access to their gyms, its wide range of fitness equipment and variety of fitness classes will entice the local community to come back to be healthy, active and creative.

Colin Knight, Senior Manager for Sport and Leisure at ANGUSalive said: “We’re really looking forward to reopening our sport and leisure facilities to welcome back customers after around six months of closure. We’ve been working hard to make our venues safe for both our colleagues and customers so the local community can return with confidence.”

“I know all of the team at ANGUSalive is excited to be back and I’m sure the local community are looking forward to making their comeback with us. Customers can start to enjoy our health and fitness offering again from next week.”

In addition to access to gym and fitness classes, outdoor synthetic and grass pitches will be available for club bookings in a phased approach from 14 September with swimming pools likely to begin reopening during October for public lane swimming and club sessions. 

Planning for the reopening of ANGUSalive’s facilities has been complex due to the safety processes and procedures required to ensure they are COVID secure. The venues managed by the trust varies from older listed buildings to new state-of-the-art campuses. It is also essential that employees are able to complete the necessary training before returning to its venues.

Kirsty Hunter, Chief Executive of ANGUSalive explains more on the trust’s return to services and the difficulties ahead. She said: “Although we went into lockdown in a strong position, what’s clear is that coronavirus has already had a devasting impact on us and other trusts across the country and will sadly continue to do so.

“We welcome the support we have had and are continuing to receive from Angus Council during this crisis. This support is critical for the charity to continue our important role in improving the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the local community through and beyond this public health emergency. Our vision of changing lives by inspiring healthy, active and creative choices resonates more strongly now than ever.

“There is no doubt the road ahead is going to be difficult and change is inevitable, but we will continue to work together with our partners, colleagues and

customers to find the creative solutions needed to help the Angus community have access to quality sport, leisure and cultural services now and into the future.”

ANGUSalive has already started reopening its services and adapting to the current circumstances and new restrictions facing it due to the pandemic. These include programming outdoor activities such as the family bike bubble sessions, bike hire, outdoor bootcamps and couch to 5K sessions at its country parks, and organising its first ever drive-in outdoor music event at Monikie Country Park later this month. It has also introduced click and collect at its libraries and currently developing an online streaming mechanism for Sport and Leisure classes.

Kirsty continues: “We have created a workplace culture that encourages a more entrepreneurial approach, introducing different skills and approaches which will be key to understanding and redesigning future services that better reflect the communities we serve.  Growing the creative thinking from our dedicated team and identifying what the local community of Angus would like to see from its culture, sport and leisure trust will be a focus for us in the weeks and months ahead.

“We hope that the people of Angus will continue to support us by accessing our services and facilities. This will not only help us remain sustainable in the months and years to come, it will also help make a contribution to the economic bounce back of the county from this terrible crisis by supporting a local charity.”