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Teviotdale nominated for UK Community Leisure Trust Awards

Teviotdale Leisure Centre has been nominated for a UK Community Leisure Trust Award. Representatives from Live Borders will be attending the award ceremony, which takes place on Wednesday 22 May at the Lowry Theatre in Salford, to find out if they are the winners.

The Community Leisure UK Awards recognise and honour the impact the charitable trust sector makes to public health, social integration and individual development throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

Community Leisure Trusts such as charity Live Borders, promote health and wellbeing by offering a diverse and innovative range of programmes for local people.

The awards, which were open to all Community Leisure UK members, include categories such as ‘promoting high-quality work across physical activity, libraries and cultural venues’, ‘individual workforce achievements’, and ‘impact through capital investment’.

Teviotdale Leisure Centre has been nominated for the ‘impact through capital investment’ award for Live Borders’ £332,000 project which entailed a radical re-think of the services they provided.

The project brought about the reinstatement of the unused flume; redevelopment of the former exercise studio space into a multi-level soft play and family area; the transformation of the squash court into a new exercise studio/group training room; and upgrades to the gym, café, seating area, and toilets. The project also delivered a new reception area, entrance and outdoor signage.

Since its opening, the new soft play area has had more than 14,000 visits and over 5,000 visitors have used the flume.

Scott Weir, Area Manager for Live Borders said, “We are delighted to be nominated for the award. The project was a real team effort and the feedback has been very positive from our customers.

“The impact of the project has been huge for the facility so far, driving in an additional 25,000 visitors.

“It’s really satisfying to see on a daily basis that we are creating opportunities for everyone and providing a positive experience, whether that be from swimming, health and fitness, soft play for kids, or even just having something to eat or drink from our café. Teviotdale is now a destination facility in the Borders, and that was one of the main project objectives.

“Thanks to the support from Live Borders’ Board and Scottish Borders Council, our local community is now benefiting from being healthier, happier and stronger.”