Cut-price classes for southside residents

The price is right for Barrhead Foundry customer advisor, Stephanie Johnson.
The price is right for Barrhead Foundry customer advisor, Stephanie Johnson.

The team now running sports and leisure centres locally has a new goal - to get more people active and healthy.

Since East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure began operating the gyms, sports halls and swimming pools last year, the number of people using these facilities has rocketed.

In the third quarter of the current financial year the numbers using swimming pools has increased by 8.1 per cent with 16,355 people splashing out.

There were 7,156 attendances at gyms, up nine per cent and the 5,421 people going to fitness classes showed a whopping 14.9 per cent increase.

But in a bid to get even more people involved in physical activity, bosses at ERCL have decided not to increase hire and admission charges in the next financial year.

And it’s hoped the freeze in fees will encourage even more people to take part in sport and healthy leisure activities.

A new cut-price gym membership package has also been introduced from April 1 with access to all ERCL gyms and fitness classes for a fee of £32 per month.

The normal gym membership package of £39.95 - it’s price is also being held for the coming year - this includes gym use, fitness classes, as well as swimming and the sauna.

Anthony McReavy, chief executive of ERCL said: “We’ve always said a big part of our remit is to encourage more people to take part in sport and live more active lives.

“Freezing our admission and hire charges at the same level as the past year, should be an incentive for people to come along and use our first-class facilities.

“And creating a new cheaper gym membership package is our organisation reacting to customer demand in East Renfrewshire.

“Our surveys have shown that some people would prefer a gym and fitness class-only package at a reduced membership fee and that’s exactly what we’re providing.”

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure (ERCL) is a registered charity who took over the running of the leisure facilities and service previously operated by the council.

Charitable status means it can access external funding not available to the council, permitting the chance to make long-term improvements to local services.