Survey reveals appetite for a speedy return to ANGUSalive venues

30 Jun 2020 | News Story

An ANGUSalive survey has shown that over 40% of customers said they’d return to their local ANGUSalive sports centre as soon as it reopens and over 40% would return once they know how their sports centre is complying with government requirements. 

ANGUSalive in partnership with Community Leisure UK and MyCustomerLens conducted the survey in May.

Along with support for the reopening of sports centres, the survey highlighted that exercise classes, followed by swimming, were the top two activities that people were most looking forward to when their sports centre re-opens.  Having a ‘connection’ and the habit of ‘feeling organised’ were in the top two drivers.  The survey also showed 29% of respondents reported being less active and 18.7% felt significantly less active than they were before lockdown.

The charity has frozen all membership payments whilst its facilities are closed and kept its digital workout offerings available for free, with their own instructor workouts on its Sport & Leisure facebook page.  ANGUSalive has also partnered with Future Fit Training and Les Mills to provide all of their members with an exclusive online training platform during the lockdown period.

Within the survey Cultural Services users also stated ‘enjoyment’ and ‘feeling organised’ as factors they were most looking forward to when reopening.  Throughout the current crisis the ANGUSalive cultural team have been working to provide online activities to ensure people can still enjoy its services while at home.  Angus residents can join the library online for an unlimited period with access to e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines and e-comics.  All books currently checked out and reserved items have been extended.

Colin Knight, Senior Manager for Sport & Leisure for ANGUSalive said: “A big thanks to those who completed our recent survey. Feedback like this is essential to help us improve our services and to inform our reopening, programming and operational plans.

“In preparation for our comeback, ANGUSalive has created strategic and operational recovery groups to manage and plan for the reopening of our sites. We are working with colleagues, partners and fellow trusts to ensure we take all the necessary steps to reopen our venues safely in observance with Scottish Government guidance to protect the health and wellbeing of our customers and colleagues. 

“The survey also highlights the public’s appetite for online and outdoor activities and we’re currently exploring options for this, such as potentially streaming live exercise classes and organising park bootcamps, helping to put health and wellbeing at the heart of our community. We understand people may be apprehensive about returning to our centres or may be continuing to shield, and these online exercise classes will be there to support them to stay healthy, active and creative at home.”

ANGUSalive will be sharing more on their plans for reopening over the coming weeks.

For more information on ANGUSalive’s social and digital offering please visit the ANGUSalive At Home webpage at

Notes to editors:
1. The survey was based on a response of more than 200 people.