Refurbished Aberdeen sports centre officially opened

A refurbished Aberdeen sports centre has officially opened its doors.

Get Active @ Sheddocksley, which is operated by Sport Aberdeen, underwent a major transformation with a total of £350,000 invested into the facility.

At an opening ceremony held yesterday at the centre, a new plaque was revealed by Sport Aberdeen chairman Colin Taylor and long-standing gym member Doug Thomson.

Improvements include remodelling to allow for a 60-station fitness studio, a dedicated training room and a new group exercise studio.

Group exercise sessions have grown considerably in popularity – where there were previously 14 classes per week, there are now 42.

Sport Aberdeen Chairman Doug Thomson and long standing gym member Colin G Taylor

Colin Taylor, chairman of Sport Aberdeen, said: “It’s a long-overdue modernisation of a facility that was first built in 1983.

“It was very servicable at the time but modern requirements, as such, meant we needed to brighten it up, create better space and, most importantly, put in modern equipment.

“There’s been quite an extensive investment in this facility, and others in the city, and I think the proof is in the pudding in that membership has almost doubled since the summer.”

As well as the new equipment, there are also completely modernised interiors, including a larger, more welcoming reception, an improved car park and landscaping works.

There has also been a range of artworks added, both externally and internally.

Jenny Laing, Aberdeen City Council co-leader, said: “It’s clear there are greatly-enhanced facilities for the people here and from further afield as well.

“As a council it’s important we are encouraging people to be more active and healthier in life and (in terms of their) health and wellbeing.

“Facilities like these, in the heart of the community, are really important and I think it’s the way we’ll get our communities to lead more active lives.”

24 Days of Christmas – Click here for special festive deals from some of our favourite local businesses