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​Moray Council announces Leisure Link partnership to widen access to fitness

Press release   •   Mar 26, 2019 13:26 GMT

Cllr Sonya Warren and High Life Highland CEO Ian Murray

MORAY Council today announced a new leisure partnership with four other areas of Scotland that will give FitLife members free access to leisure facilities outwith Moray for the first time.

The scheme, involving the four other areas will be known as the “Leisure Link Partnership”.

Believed to be the first of its type in Scotland, FitLife members will now be able to access gym, public swimming and fitness classes at leisure facilities across Highland, Argyll & Bute, Orkney and the Western Isles at no extra cost.

Many of the individual Leisure Link Partnership sites will also offer access to other public sessions where cardholders can take part in many other activities such as running and indoor climbing.

The Leisure Link Partnership means that when working away from home or on holiday members from participating areas can, at no extra cost, use the local facilities as part of their existing home based membership.

Chair of Moray Council’s Children & Young People’s Services Committee, Cllr Sonya Warren, said it’s an exciting addition to FitLife memberships.

“We’ve been championing the value for money FitLife membership offers and the Leisure Link Partnership makes it unbeatable value for money. Moray residents will now be able to benefit from the use of dozens of leisure facilities outwith Moray at no extra cost.”

Chair of Community Leisure UK and High Life Highland Chief Executive, Ian Murray said: “I am delighted to see the Leisure Link Partnership come to fruition as we have been working on this project for some time with colleagues in Moray, Orkney and Argyll and Bute.

“We are constantly looking for ways to widen the services offered to highlife members and the Leisure Link Partnership is a major step forward enabling them and their family the flexibility to use their cards at one of the partnership sites and, most importantly, at no extra cost. We are also pleased to have initiated what we understand to be the first ever multi-area reciprocal card scheme in Scotland.

“And, although the initial participants in the partnership are across the north of Scotland, we are in ongoing discussions with other areas in Scotland as well as in both Northern Ireland and Wales which have also adopted the highlife model across their own culture and leisureservices. So we are hopeful that the Leisure Link Partnership may soon be available not only in the Highlands and Islands but also further afield!

“Along with the other participating areas, I am delighted to see the Leisure Link Partnership launched and look forward to seeing the scheme develop and grow as other areas see the benefits for their members and look to come on board.”

Visiting cardholders are advised to check out the ‘Leisure Link Partnership’ section in their local centre’s website to establish full access details. 

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.  

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