CIMSPA and CLUK respond to the First Minister’s announcement on the fitness and leisure sector in Scotland

CIMSPA and Community Leisure UK (CLUK) are working closely in partnership, together with sportscotland and others, to engage the Scottish Government and facilitate the safe reopening of the sector in Scotland.

We also continue to make the case to the Scottish Government of the overall value of the fitness and leisure sector. Latest figures indicate that public leisure provision contributes £334m in social value to the Scottish economy every year measured through savings to the NHS as well as improved wellbeing and mental health (source: 4Global Datahub). In Scotland specifically, without financial support of £120m, over 90% of public leisure is at risk without relief funding.

Professor Nanette Mutrie, Chair of Physical Activity for Health at the University of Edinburgh, said:

“The leisure industry must be saved if we are to prevent an increasing cost burden for the NHS in dealing with increasing obesity, type 2 diabetes and poor mental health which loss of activity will create. Money used to save such facilities, which are in danger of permanent closure due to the impact of the pandemic, must be seen as an investment and as future cost saving to the NHS. Public leisure facilities need to re-open in order that the health benefits of activity are available to all and all age groups and not just to those who can afford a private membership.”

Mark Tweedie, Chief Executive of Community Leisure UK, said:

"Without emergency relief funding, charitable leisure and cultural trusts who operate 90% of public leisure services across Scotland risk insolvency jeopardising hundreds of community leisure centres and thousands of jobs. Communities without leisure centres are unimaginable, so we are reaching out to everyone to unite behind our #saveleisure campaign for specific fixed term Government financial support to save Scotland's leisure centres. Public leisure centres feature at the heart of communities – they play an essential part in supporting health and wellbeing and help to reduce escalating costs to the NHS and social services. We know the UK Government are considering additional financial support to protect the UK leisure sector from the devastating impact of Covid-19, and we welcome the recent DCMS Select Committee report highlighting the urgent need for funding to preserve leisure facilities and community based services."

Tara Dillon, CIMSPA CEO, said:

"With indoor facilities now able to open in England, it is frustrating that we do not yet have a date for the same to happen in Scotland. This is a sector that creates enormous economic, health, social and community benefits, but it's one of the last to reopen. This has created huge financial challenges and we will continue to work with our partners to urge the Scottish Government to provide financial support to protect businesses and the workforce, while we work to enable reopening to safely take place."


The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity

CIMSPA's work enhances the career opportunities and professional development of the workforce operating in sport, fitness, exercise, leisure, gym, coaching, health and wellbeing. We achieve this through sector-wide engagement, membership, networking, events, directories and professional standards.

Incorporated by Royal Charter Charity registration number 1144545

This site uses cookies to store information on your computer. See our Cookie Policy for further details on how to block cookies.
I am happy with this


What is a Cookie

A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is a piece of data stored by a website within a browser, and then subsequently sent back to the same website by the browser. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember things that a browser had done there in the past, which can include having clicked particular buttons, logging in, or having read pages on that site months or years ago.

NOTE : It does not know who you are or look at any of your personal files on your computer.

Why we use them

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, your computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast
  • analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with our website so we can make them better

You can manage these small files and learn more about them from the article, Internet Browser cookies- what they are and how to manage them

Learn how to remove cookies set on your device

There are two types of cookie you may encounter when using our site :

First party cookies

These are our own cookies, controlled by us and used to provide information about usage of our site.

We use cookies in several places – we’ve listed each of them below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last.

Third party cookies

These are cookies found in other companies’ internet tools which we are using to enhance our site, for example Facebook or Twitter have their own cookies, which are controlled by them.

We do not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the third party websites for more information about these.

Log files

Log files allow us to record visitors’ use of the site. The CMS puts together log file information from all our visitors, which we use to make improvements to the layout of the site and to the information in it, based on the way that visitors move around it. Log files do not contain any personal information about you. If you receive the HTML-formatted version of a newsletter, your opening of the newsletter email is notified to us and saved. Your clicks on links in the newsletter are also saved. These and the open statistics are used in aggregate form to give us an indication of the popularity of the content and to help us make decisions about future content and formatting.