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Edinburgh’s new £47m Meadowbank Sports Centre designed to transform lives

By Frances Marcellin    22 Jul 2022

The £47m Meadowbank Sports activities Centre in Edinburgh is now open to the community

Athletics services involve out of doors and indoor athletics tracks, sports halls and two pitches

Health and fitness center is fitted out with Existence Physical fitness gear, which include totally free weights and Les Mills courses are on offer

There are focused studios for biking, boxing and fitness, as nicely as a trampoline and dance hall

Edinburgh’s new Meadowbank Sports Centre has opened following a 5-calendar year, £47m make which saw the demolition of the first Meadowbank Stadium on the website.

The primary Meadowbank was produced for the 1970 Commonwealth Online games, which it hosted in 1970 and 1986.

Owned by The Town of Edinburgh Council and managed by charity Edinburgh Leisure, the new facility delivers a in depth assortment of inclusive sports and leisure amenities that are aimed at serving anyone in the community local community.

“Participation and accessibility are at the heart of the centre, and it will deliver substantial actual physical, mental, and social advantages to generations of local folks for many years to occur,” said mentioned Cammy Working day, City of Edinburgh Council leader.

“There’s a packed programme of exercise and selection of courses for all passions and skill.

“Meadowbank has been an legendary element of the capital’s sporting heritage and I’m in no question that the new centre will construct on this legacy.”

Meadowbank’s services involve an 8-lane athletics keep track of with 499-individual seat stand (as properly as an outdoor throwing and jumps region) a 6-lane indoor working keep track of two multi-sport halls (with movable and fixed seating – and peak-adapted basketball for wheelchair customers) a hall for trampolining and dance two exercise studios (92 courses offered, like Les Mills) 30-capacity cycle studio with Everyday living Health IC7 bikes and ICG My Experience a health club equipped out with Lifetime Physical fitness tools and also which include Wattbikes, SkiErg, row and Cybex Sparc devices, resistance and free of charge weights two squash courts a fight studio for martial arts, a boxing gym and two pitches (a person with 499-person seat stand).

Activity Scotland had invested £5m into the enhancement.

Mel Younger, chair of Activity Scotland stated: “Meadowbank Sports Centre has been a sporting and social hub for so lots of men and women in the Edinburgh place in excess of the years. Many thanks to this incredible £47m refurbishment, people today of all ages and skills will be in a position to enjoy the added benefits of the recently refurbished services.

“The re-opening of Meadowbank will present the community group with obtain to a condition-of-the-artwork activity and actual physical activity centre on their doorstep, making important participation chances. This collaboration concerning The Metropolis of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh Leisure and Activity Scotland is a good case in point of partnerships working, establishing real chances that will help make sport and actual physical activity a way of lifestyle for area people.’’

Leisure Media has been monitoring the progress of Meadowbank above the a long time, from the very first redevelopment consultation in 2016, to reporting on the two filed setting up programs in 2018 and the get started of demolition do the job on the existing setting up in 2019.