Perthshire Advertiser

Survey highlights an active lifestyle


Itwasreass­uringtosee so many of our customers keen to get back into our venues... we can assure you we feel the same. Paul Cromwell, Live Active Leisure chief executive

People cannot wait to get back to venues like Bell’s Sports Centre (above), where fitness classes (above right and below) always prove popular

Kelly Parker, Live Active Leisure’s marketing and communicat­ions manager, commented: “As you might imagine we are all working really hard to plan ahead for LAL’s post-lockdown services.

“One of the survey’s key aims was to establish people’s opinions around the reopening of our venues.

“We know that exercise is crucial to both the physical and mental health and wellbeing of our entire community but with new opportunit­ies such as virtual classes and at home workouts, it was important to assess how people are feeling about returning to a physical space in light of the pandemic.”

She continued: “What has become apparent is that, although people have checked in online, the desire to get back into venues is high. Sixty-four per cent said they would use our venues with social distancing in place, with 27 per cent unsure at this stage. Only nine per cent said they wouldn’t come in to venues at this time.

“This feedback reflects the evidence we have gathered over the years – fitness and leisure venues are more than just a place to exercise. They bring a sense of community and togetherne­ss and are used by many customers as a way to socialise and meet people.”

Paul Cromwell, chief executive of Live Active Leisure, said: “Our recent customer survey received a fantastic number of responses and it was reassuring to see so many of our customers keen to get back into our venues - we can assure you we feel the same.

“The most recent update by the Scottish Government confirmed that the reopening of indoor gym/leisure venues has yet to be given an exact date for return, but will not be given approval before July 31.

“In the meantime, we continue to work with the local authority, sportscotl­and and a range of partners to progress the plans for the return of sport and physical activity.

“Like many other businesses, when we do re-open it will not be as we were pre COVID-19.

“Physical distancing requiremen­ts are likely to remain in place, which will require some changes to how we operate.

“So, at the appropriat­e time, we will start to reopen our venues and services, but it will be gradual, and done in a way that ensures we attract customers back but also, very importantl­y, in a way that’s financiall­y sustainabl­e.

“Some of the changes which can be expected include the range of activities which will be available initially, the numbers of customers we’re able to accommodat­e, how customers will enter and exit our venues including oneway systems, and enhanced cleaning arrangemen­ts.

“All of this will be introduced to safeguard our customers and staff and give everyone the confidence to start to return to the activities we know everyone has missed.”

LAL continues to face financial challenges as a result of the pandemic. The closure of venues in March effectivel­y reduced income levels to zero.

Mr Cromwell added: “The impact of this pandemic has and will continue to create significan­t unplanned financial pressures for the company, and indeed the whole of the leisure industry.

“These challenges are not insignific­ant, and in recognitio­n of this a campaign has been launched this week by Community Leisure UK.

“If you would like to find out more informatio­n about the #SaveLeisur­e campaign, please visit https:// communityl­ saveleisur­e-campaign/

“Finally, I would like to assure everyone that as soon as we have further updates, they will be shared on our website, social media channels and in our weekly e-newsletter.

“In the meantime, we hope you continue to live active using our At Home Hub for workouts, resources and links.”

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