The “virtual activity zone” is part of extensive modernisation works taking place at the Jesmond Sports Centre in the Bridge of Don area of Aberdeen.

Opening in early January 2017,  3D camera sensors, wireless technologies and interactive screens will be used to encourage more people to take part in sport and physical activity.

The development works also include a expanded state-of-the-art 70 station gym, an immersive spin studio, a new aerobics studio and a complete refresh to the building. 

Revealing the plans, Sport Aberdeen today said the overhaul underlines its commitment to creating opportunities, inspiring people and changing lives through sport and physical activity.

Commenting, Sport Aberdeen’s Director of Operations and Asset Developmont, Keith Gerrard said:

“These exciting plans for the Jesmond Sports Centre will deliver a state-of-the-art health and wellness experience. The virtual activity zone will complement the state-of-the-art 70 station gym, aerobics studio and major development work to the building. 

“Far from being a futuristic dream, virtual technologies are very much a part of our everyday lives. Integrating gaming technologies into a gym environment opens up another world of possibilities to encourage more people to get active.

“While sports participation continues to increase among adults and children in Aberdeen, we still have a long way to go towards living healthier, more active lives. The innovative virtual gym offers a more engaging experience, particularly to those who might be discouraged from attending a traditional gym.”

Outlining the plans for the Jesmond Sports Centre, Mr Gerrard announced that the modernised venue will re-open its doors to customers early next year:

“The modernisation of the Jesmond Sports Centre underlines our commitment to creating opportunities, inspiring people and changing lives through sport and physical activity.

“We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from our customers throughout this process, and look forward to  unveiling the results when we re-open the doors in January 2017.”