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Membership to the new multi-million-pound Moray Sports Centre is now available, with those getting in early securing reduced fees.
The first phase of the Moray Sports Centre in Elgin will open its doors at the start of next month, currently aiming for Monday, 1 July, with the first 400 new members signing up being treated to a discount.
Located in the south of Elgin, the charity-run complex will offer a multi-purpose hall with separate gym, indoor cycling room, and numerous studios which will house fitness and mindfulness classes and a yoga suite.
The Centre is also collaborating with the popular franchise Cobbs which will be showcasing its healthy eating range in the café and restaurant capable of seating 140 people.
The finishing touches are now being put in place at the Linkwood Road site with equipment being installed every day.
Chief Executive Kathryn Evans said all the Centre needs now is members: “This is a very exciting time, and throughout the whole process from concept to the first phase of the Moray Sports Centre now almost being complete our thoughts have always been about the members. They have always been at the forefront of every step and what is very important to us is that the Centre is inclusive and welcoming to all.
“We want the Centre to be the heart of the community, a real hub where people can come and use the versatile spaces, enjoy time in the café and of course partake in the sport and fitness activities that we will have on offer.
“As we edge closer to that opening date of July 1, our vision is everyday becoming more of a reality and we are thinking more and more about who will be coming through that door, hence why we decided to offer a reduction to the first 400 sign ups.”
Kathryn added: “Our members will get a first-class service and will benefit from being able to book our many classes in advance. We have a varied offering to suit all abilities which includes PIYO, dance classes, bodyweights, Zumba and more. The more demand we get, the more we can add and we also want to hear from the public about what type of activities they would like, and we will do our best to make it happen.”
Kathryn explained that one key member benefit is having access to a fitness instructor: “We have employed enough fitness instructors so the members will feel as though they are getting a personal trainer experience, with tailored fitness programs being just one of the member benefits.”
The Moray Sports centre is being financed by the Moray Sports Foundation charity and secured a £250,000 grant from sportscotland.
Other monies have been raised by sponsorship and fundraising.
“The development of the Moray Sports Centre has been a real community effort,” added Kathryn. “As well as the substantial grant from sportscotland, and of course the Moray Sports Foundation, we have had other significant donations from private benefactors. There have also been local groups who have hosted their own events to raise what they can. We really believe that this new Centre will have a huge impact on the community for years to come.”
The project will take shape over a number of phases, and it is thought once the Centre is fully operational it will create over 100 jobs.
When the Centre gym opens on July 1 a team of 40 people be in place to look after the members’ needs.
It has already attracted attention from big sporting events and in August will host the World Karate Commission’s (WKC) Scottish Championship where over 300 competitors, coaches and spectators from across the city will descend on the centre.
The first 400 people joining the Moray Sports Centre before June 30 can get monthly membership for £33 or an annual subscription for £363.
Deals for corporate members are also available.
For more information and to view the new timetable visit www.moraysportscentre.co.uk