A year of change ahead for Edinburgh Leisure

by June Peebles, CEO, Edinburgh Leisure

2020 has been memorable (for all the wrong reasons) and 2021 has been equally memorable as we continue to navigate our way through this pandemic. The coronavirus continues to give….

However, it is important that we stay focused on the positive aspects of life. For me this includes: the success of the vaccine rollout, the support Edinburgh Leisure has received from Edinburgh City Council, the support we have received from our customers and have been able to reopen and keep open, our locations and services .

We have introduced a number of operational changes in response to COVID-19 and associated government guidance. All of the changes were aimed at ensuring the safety of our customers and employees. However, I am also aware that some of the changes have made it more difficult for some clients to access our services. And that’s the last thing I want. My apologies go to the customers who have been affected by the changes, as well as my assurance that we continue to seek out how we can make things better (without compromising on safety).

Amid all the changes, what hasn’t changed is our commitment to helping as many people as possible be active and have a great leisure experience in Edinburgh. We operate over 50 sports and recreation venues (including community access to city council high school athletic facilities) across the city, but we are more than our venues.

Through our services and activity programs, we use the power of physical activity and sport to support those affected by: disabilities, health issues, poverty and inequalities to combat the effects of ‘inactivity and improve their health, well-being and quality of life. Making a positive impact on people’s lives is at the heart of what we do – and it takes a very special team of people to make it happen.

Throughout 2021 we have faced resource issues and our construction projects have faced delays due to COVID-19 and supply chain issues and it is a similar story across the board. country. By 2022, as with COVID-19, I don’t expect these issues to resolve quickly. We must continue to adapt and respond as best we can to the many challenges that face us and over which we have no control. And we will also continue to look for opportunities to improve what we do and help more people be active.

Like me, I know that many of you are anxiously awaiting the reopening of the Warrender Swim Center after the refurbishment and the new Meadowbank Sports Center. Unfortunately, uncertainty persists as to the completion dates of the two projects. We will confirm the opening dates as soon as possible. The wait will be worth it!

On the way to a healthier New Year. Stay active, stay healthy and discover the benefits of physical activity. And remember, we’ll be fine!


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