Carnoustie Sports Centre was officially opened by Scottish Women’s International and Celtic FC footballer Kelly Clark.
Meanwhile, Saltire Sports Centre saw local Arbroath FC footballers cut the ribbon, ahead of their home fixture to Ayr United.
Julie Aitken, Operations Lead from ANGUSalive said: “We are thrilled to have had an action-packed day with launching our brand-new gyms at Carnoustie and the Saltire. Both have had significant investment and customers can expect a ‘wow’ factor when they visit. Our teams have worked very hard behind the scenes and are very excited to welcome members old and new through our doors. We’re grateful to Kelly and Arbroath FC for their support.”
Kelly Clark said “Health and fitness in the community setting has never been more important and it’s amazing to see brilliant facilities like these in Angus. I used to play on pitches not too far from here in Carnoustie, so it’s great to come back and be asked to open this new space.”
“My career in football has taken me to some excellent gym environments and this one is right up there in terms of quality, with an exciting range of equipment and functionality.”
Arbroath midfielder Kenan Duunwald-Turan said: “As a club we recognise the importance of community spirit and gyms like the Saltire in Arbroath support this. It has something for everyone, and we are delighted to have been asked to open it for the community. We hope people enjoy the new facility.”
The Saltire Sports Centre is also home to Dundee & Angus College students, where participants from their sports courses use sections of the gym to put what they learn in the classroom in to practice.
Sarah Ramminger, Head of Curriculum and Quality, Sport & Fitness at Dundee & Angus College said “We’re thrilled with this new gym space and it arrives just in time for our students to get stuck in as soon as they arrive. As a college, we want to deliver the best possible quality to our students in terms of their education and with being able to use facilities like this, we believe we’re able to do exactly that.”
These latest refurbishments follow other major projects that ANGUSalive have completed in the last 12 months at Arbroath Sports Centre, Montrose Sports Centre, and Brechin Community Campus as part of a significant investment programme to upgrade and revitalise its Sport & Leisure portfolio, culminating in its latest re-launch of the Forfar Community Campus gym at the beginning of July this year.
Improvements to the gym facilities include a fully refurbished space with the latest gym equipment from Life Fitness and Indigo Fitness, as well as cardio and fixed resistance machines, multi-functional training rigs, colour-coded training zones and enhanced audio and visual solutions. The redeveloped spaces also feature the latest technology including Myzone, an accurate fitness tracker and online social platform that rewards effort for all physical activity.