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Get active @ Northfield officially opened by Lord Provost of Aberdeen


Award-winning charity Sport Aberdeen’s impressive new health and wellbeing venue Get active @ Northfield has been officially opened by The Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Councillor David Cameron.

The opening ceremony took place on Wednesday 30 November and welcomed over 60 guests to view the venue and hear from the Lord Provost and Sport Aberdeen Chairman, Tony Dawson.

The newly refurbished £4.8m venue – funded by Aberdeen City Council and Sport Aberdeen and supported by sportscotland’s highest value grant of £100,000 – opened its doors to the public on Monday 3 October. 

It boasts a 25m swimming pool, 40-station gym and a studio offering a range of fitness classes for all ages and abilities, as well as community wellbeing space.

A thriving swimming lesson programme is in place at the venue with over 600 participants, ranging from babies to adults, and public swimming sessions are also well attended.

The excitement and buzz in the local community is evident, with one customer commenting: “The pool temperature is great and so clean, the gym is fab, and the staff have been brilliant each time we have been in.”

With over 700 new members already, it is clear that the local community of Northfield and surrounding areas are making good use of the facilities.

L-R: Lord Provost Dr David Cameron opened the new Get active @ Northfield with help from Alistair Robertson, Sport Aberdeen Managing Director and Tony Dawson, Sport Aberdeen Chairman

Dr David Cameron, Lord Provost of Aberdeen, said: “In the space of just two months, the city has embraced Get active @ Northfield.

“In providing a chance to enjoy all the fun and health benefits that sport brings, this is above all an investment in people and their wellbeing.”

Tony Dawson, Sport Aberdeen chairman, said: “It has been such a rewarding feeling to welcome the local community to their newly-renovated venue and it is great to see it being well-used so far.

“Through shared knowledge and resources from Sport Aberdeen, Aberdeen City Council and sportscotland, we are delighted to offer more opportunities for people across the city to get active and get involved in sport and physical activity.” 

Mark Cowan, Head of Facilities at sportscotland, said: “Increasing the opportunities for more people to be able to access sport and physical activity is a priority for sportscotland and projects like Get active @ Northfield have a significant role to play in improving the lives of local communities.

“Working in partnership is the key to success in delivering the right facilities in the right places to really have an impact. It’s great to see our partners, Sport Aberdeen, working with local partners and the wider community to ensure that as many people as possible from a diverse range of backgrounds will benefit and be active.”