MEMBERSHIP of the Glasgow Club health and fitness network is at an all-time high following the success of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
In the seven months since the end of the Games membership of the Glasgow Club has increased by just over 8% to 40,000, as more and more people in the city decide to get fit. Across the city attendances at sports facilities also reached a high of 6.6million last year.
Membership levels at the Glasgow Club have been steadily rising in recent years. Prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games it stood at 24,000, and has increased steadily since then.
The latest membership rise comes after Glasgow Life, which manages the Glasgow Club on behalf of Glasgow City Council, announced it was freezing prices for existing customers until the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Glasgow Club members have access to 22 gyms and 12 swimming pools across the city, including the £113million Emirates Arena and £14million Tollcross International Swimming Centre.
In addition to state-of-the-art gyms boasting the latest cardiovascular and strength and conditioning equipment, customers also have access to over 1,000 fitness classes each week.
Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor Archie Graham, said: "Glasgow's Games are continuing to inspire the people of Glasgow to lead more active and healthier lifestyles. That is a direct legacy of delivering what is now widely recognised as the best ever Commonwealth Games.
"People recognise the benefits of keeping fit. Working out makes a real difference to people's lives, not just in terms of physical fitness, but mental fitness too. We know from experience just how big an impact improved fitness levels can have and that is why this increase in membership levels is such good news.
"These figures show that more and more people across the city want to get fit and that they are choosing the Glasgow Club as they place to do so. This is because we have invested heavily in improving our health and fitness offering. We are the market leader in not just Glasgow but Scotland.
"But it is not just down our investment in the latest gym kit and products. It is because we have a dedicated team of staff who share a real passion and commitment to helping others achieve their fitness goals."
The new figures were announced as part of Legacy Week (9-15 March). Legacy Week is an opportunity for communities, organisations and individuals across the city to highlight the work and achievements of their Games related-projects, demonstrating the lasting and positive impact they are having on people’s lives.
It’s a chance to celebrate our legacy success so far and look to the future as we continue to encourage participation in these projects that help to make our city healthier, greener and more prosperous for all of our citizens.
Supported by Glasgow City Council, Legacy Week, will show that hosting the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games was much more than putting on a sporting event, it has changed our city for the better and will benefit us for years to come. #GamesLegacyGlasgow