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Published 05 December 2018

West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust has seen a significant increase in participation over the past year.

The annual performance report shows that the number of people using the Trust’s three facilities in Alexandria, Dumbarton and Clydebank for swimming and other water-based activities has increased by almost 46,000 visits (12.4 per cent).

The number of residents taking part in dry activities, like fitness classes, has gone up by more than 146,000 (35.8 per cent) at the Vale Pool, Meadow Centre and Clydebank Leisure Centre.

And there has been more success with a record number of Active Schools participants, as well as more Primary Seven pupils being able to swim 25 metres than ever before.

Enhancing the sports programme on offer for both children and adults has seen an 11 per cent rise in sports development participation.

The details  were  relayed to Councillors at a recent meeting of the Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development Committee.

Councillor Iain Mclaren, Convener of the Committee said: “I am delighted to see such improvements across the Leisure Trust.

“We are committed to helping our residents improve their health and wellbeing, and giving them access to good value, well maintained facilities which enable them to do this.

“Officers will now focus on areas requiring further work, and the detailed Business Strategy will help ensure that we continue towards our targets.”

Councillor Marie McNair, Vice Convener, said: “It is especially pleasing to see that record numbers of kids are taking part in Active Schools and approaching high school with swimming skills.

“The key to having an area full of healthy adults is to ensure we teach them as kids that a healthy and active lifestyle is important.”

Despite vast improvements,  these fell slightly short of ambitious targets set for the year.

Officers told Councillors they will continue to work with WDLT to ensure that the service continues to grow and the customer experience improves.

Steps towards this have included self-service kiosks at Clydebank and Vale of Leven swimming pools and a new mobile phone app, which allows users to make bookings.

Last year, WDLT delivered 78 festivals & finals, with over 6,000 attendances; expanded swimming lesson provision at Clydebank Leisure Centre by 56 per cent; upgraded the Concord Centre and Denny Civic Theatre and Introduced a student placement project in partnership with West College Scotland giving HND Sports Coach students an opportunity to improve their coaching skills and to deliver sports sessions to 400 local nursery children.

The service also supported schools to achieve sportscotland’s School Sport Award, with three primary schools achieving the Gold Award.