The number of people in Argyll and Bute attending fitness classes, swimming lessons and visiting the gym has risen, according to a council review.
The report (which can be viewed by clicking here) shows that customer satisfaction levels are high, with feedback showing over 93 percent rate staff friendliness and helpfulness as good or excellent.
During the year 2012/13 swimming staff from the Argyll and Bute’s four swimming pools gave almost 56,000 swimming lessons, mostly to children, and the council is increasing teacher numbers to meet demand. Over 440,000 use the authority’s pool facilities.
Over 112,000 children and young people from a school population of around 10,700 benefited from extra curricular activity, and there are over 400 people undertaking volunteering opportunities and leadership training.
Coach education, support to sporting clubs, and the Community Sport Hub have offered information, support and advice on a wide range of sports and physical activities, making it easier for local people to get involved and engage in a more active and healthier lifestyle.
The council’s Policy Lead for Community and Culture, Councillor Robin Currie, said: “Leisure and sport reach large numbers of our citizens and make a difference to many of their lives. Some facilities are large and others small but they all are important to our communities and the economy of Argyll and Bute.
“The council and our partners are working to ensure that people have the opportunities to live active, healthier and independent lives, and to help our children and young people have the best possible start.
“The integration of our leisure services – which are pools and halls, Active Schools, sport development and the Community Sport Hub programme - has been extremely positive. It also makes sense as all are working to improve the health, fitness and general well-being of our communities.”