Published 14 November 2019

The annual performance report shows that more than 1.5million visits were made by residents to the Trust’s three facilities in Dumbarton, Alexandria and Clydebank, an increase of 7.4 per cent.

The number of people visiting for dry activities increased by more than 83,000, with the biggest growth recorded in sports hall bookings and group fitness classes.

The report highlighted more success with outdoor recreation pitch use up by 17.1 per cent, and Active Schools participation up 8.1 per cent.

The Trust has reinvested over £280,000 back into facilities and services on offer during 2018/19.

This has included enhancing the facilities on offer by refurbishing gyms at the Meadow Centre and Vale Pool, and replacing Cardio Vascular equipment at a cost of over £198,000.

The Trust also achieved more than £159,000 over their operational financial targets, mainly due to increased membership sales across the three main sites and the success of the increased swimming lesson programme. This surplus will be reinvested back into the services the Trust delivers.

The details of the report were relayed to Councillors at a recent meeting of the Corporate Services Committee.

Councillor Ian Dickson, Convener of Corporate Services said: “I welcome this report which shows a great deal of hard work is being done by the Leisure Trust to make West Dunbartonshire as active as possible.

“Giving our residents access to good value, well maintained facilities is vital to support them in improving their health and wellbeing.”

Councillor Iain McLaren, Vice Convener of Corporate Services added: “I am encouraged to see this increased usage, as it proves our communities are enjoying the benefits of the upgraded the centres and that both children and adults alike are making the most of the variety of indoor and outdoor facilities on offer.”

Over the course of 2018/19, WDLT also delivered a number of events, including hosting Scotland’s first ever Primary Schools Open Water Event, introducing a BMX Event at Drumry Track with Western Titans BMX club and Socialtrack Social Enterprise and introducing the Young Sports Stars Awards as part of the celebrations of the Year of the Young People 2018.

Around 50,000 people attended events including the Loch Lomond Highland Games, Scottish Pipe Band Championships, two Firework Displays and two Christmas Lights Switch On Events .

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