Changes to ActiveLife memberships

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New Managing Director reviews future sustainability of Orkney’s leisure membership scheme

Following their announcement earlier this year, the Pickaquoy Centre Trust are delighted to have James Linklater in post as Managing Director.

With full responsibility for the leadership and development of the Centre, one of Mr Linklater’s first tasks, following earlier full consideration by the Picky Board and The Council, will be implementing agreed changes to ActiveLife, a scheme led by the Pickaquoy Centre Trust that gives its members access to Picky and 11 Council-owned fitness facilities.

Mr Linklater, who commenced his role on Monday 27 August 2018, said: “I am extremely pleased with the positivity I have had since my appointment and look to build on this through regular engagement with our customers and the wider community.

“It is early days in the process of review and the identification of development opportunities, and one of the key areas of assessment at this point is the pilot of the ActiveLife membership programme in partnership with Orkney Islands Council.

“With the initial two year pilot period coming to an end in January 2019, there will be a great deal to consider to safeguard the programme’s sustainability whilst still trying to ensure the ethos of having ‘More People, More Active, More Often’ is maintained and where possible increased.

“There will need to be some changes to the programme prior to the overall review, and while we are aware some users may be disappointed to see these offers go, we can confirm that Climbing and Bouldering will remain part of the ActiveLife membership package at this stage. In addition, a whole host of new group exercise classes have been added to the timetable including Pilates, Aqua Natal and the return of Clubbercise.”

From 1 October 2018, changes to the scheme include:

• A fee for gym inductions will be reintroduced.
• Learn to Swim lessons will be charged at the full rate bringing them in line with all other junior courses.
• There will be an increase of £0.49 per month on individual and family memberships, Budget and ActiveIslands memberships will remain unchanged.

Mr Linklater added: “Our aim is to provide a membership scheme that is fit for purpose and has long term sustainability for the benefit of the entire Orkney community. To this end we appreciate our customer’s understanding as we evaluate and modify what is currently in place.”

All changes to the ActiveLife membership will be in effect from 1st October 2018.