Adult and Junior Sports Coaching and Courses

We offer a range of sports coaching lessons, led by qualified and experienced coaches. 

Our coaching programmes help children to develop new skills, improve their agility and grow confidence.

Whether you're looking for a something for you or your child we have coaching and classes running across Edinburgh. If you just want to try something out or you're looking to hone your skills, you can take your pick from a range of different sports and activities.

Here's more information and FAQs on our coaching classes including booking and cancellation.

Are your kids eager to explore different sports before committing to our coaching programme in August? Now's the perfect opportunity! 

For just £3.00 per session, your children can experience our exciting Come & Try sessions in July and August. Get a taste of the fun without any long-term commitment. 

We offer options for both under-5s and P1+. Check out our fantastic line-up below:

  • Come & Try Athletics (Bronze/Silver/Pre-School) at Meadowbank - Book Here
  • Come & Try Dive/Jump & Dive at the Royal Commonwealth Pool - Book Here
  • Come & Try Trampolining/Gym & Jump at Gracemount - Book Here
  • Come & Try Gymnastics at Tumbles at Portobello - Book Here
  • Come & Try Judo at Drumbrae - Book Here

All of the Come & Try sessions listed above (except for Judo) are also part of our exciting city-wide GO FOR GOLD Summer Mini-Games. Pick up a GO FOR GOLD Game Card at any of our venues and start collecting activity stickers!

Sign-up to any of our qualifying Under 5s coaching classes (see below) by 30 July 2024 and receive a FREE one month membership for soft play with unlimited access to all three soft play venues across the city.

Make sure to book in for your classes before 30 July and you will receive a free soft play membership for August. Don't worry if you're already a member - existing Soft Play members will also receive a free month. 

Check out our wide range of pre school coaching and classes by clicking the button below and sign up via our online coaching portal.

Due to popular demand we've added more athletics classes at Meadowbank for kids from 5 - 11 years. 

Our athletics qualified coaches take children through a programme offering a wide variety of athletic events and techniques. And we have links with local clubs if the kids would like to compete.

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Normal Term dates

Our normal coaching term dates are below:

  • Saturday 6th January - Friday 29 March 2024
  • Saturday 13th April-Sunday 30th June 2024
  • Monday 12th August 2024– Sunday 22nd December 2024
  • Monday 6th January 2025 – Sunday 6th April 2025 (Easter is the 20th) 
  • Monday 21st April 2025 – Sunday 29th June 2025


Our programme offers children from P1-P7 a wide variety of athletics events and techniques, and focuses on the FUNdamental movement skills, important in every child’s development. Tailored to suit children of all skill levels from beginners to competitors.

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From toddlers to older adults, we aim to improve confidence in and out of the water, with an emphasis on fun and progression. Our swim teachers are fully accredited and follow the Scottish Swimming Learn to Swim Programme.

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Classes for children who are new to badminton and those who are wanting to improve their game, from P1 upwards

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From shooting to dribbling, lay ups to free throws: there’s plenty of fun to be had on the court. This fast-paced game is a great way to hone skill and accuracy. 

Our new pathway currently on offer at Meadowbank Sports Centre and Ainslie Park Leisure Centre caters from 18 months to 9 years. 

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Boccia is a target ball sport similar to bowls. Our boccia session is open to both adults and young people with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.

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We have indoor climbing courses for all levels of experience, from taster courses to dry tooling and lead climbing. We can take you outside to some of the best mountains in Scotland. We can even help you make a career out of climbing.

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Dance classes can help sustain a young child's enthusiasm for movement and music. From ballet, highland dance to hip-hop and cheerleading, we have coaching to fit P1 to P7s.

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Fancy yourself as a bit of a Tom Daley? Edinburgh Leisure is very proud to offer a fantastic diving pool at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, complete with a dedicated Dry Dive Area with trampolines and harnesses. Our diving programme follows the National Diving Award Scheme with classes to suit beginners right through to those at a competitive level.

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Starting from the age of 3 to P7 children in our classes will develop confidence, spatial awareness and teamwork. As they progress they'll put their skills, tactics and knowledge into practice playing the game they enjoy. 

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Developing skills for life in strength, coordination, self confidence and body awareness. Gymnastics teaches the basics of floor and vaulting skills from Primary 1 upwards before progressing to a higher class.

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Gym Nippers

Our Gym Nippers classes help to develop motor skills, balance and agility.  Progress within these classes will be monitored against the Edinburgh Leisure class competencies and you can keep a track by signing up to our home portal.

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Our full contact judo courses progress through a grading system and involve throwing and holding movements promoting coordination, flexibility, balance, strength and endurance, teaching children self-discipline.

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Jump into Sport

Multi-Sport early years activities are the perfect introduction to sport and exercise. Try out a wide range of sports including athletics, tennis, football, gymnastics and more in a fun and social environment. 

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We can get you or your kids on the way to serving up aces through our extensive junior and adult coaching programme, running according to age and ability.

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For children who like to be airborne. Trampolining delivers balance, coordination, cardio fitness and self-confidence. Toddlers and bouncing are a natural combination so courses start at pre-school age.

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Under 5s

Help your little one to get active, learn new skills and more importantly have fun! With coached activities including swimming, dancing, football, diving, trampolining and gymnastics there's something for every little one to get involved and get moving with us. 

If you have children in a coaching class you don’t have to wait around our venues. Any customer accompanying a child to their coaching class can visit the gym or pool whilst their child is in their class for a discounted price. 

Enjoy a discounted gym visit at the following venues while your child enjoys their class.

Ainslie Park, Craiglockhart Leisure Centre, Dalry Swim Centre, Drumbrae Leisure Centre, EICA Ratho, Gracemount Leisure Centre, Kirkliston Leisure Centre, Leith Victoria Swim Centre, Meadowbank Sports Centre, Portobello Swim Centre, Queensferry High School and the Royal Commonwealth Pool.

Discounted Swim Visits are also available at Ainslie Park, Drumbrae Leisure Centre, Gracemount Leisure Centre and the Royal Commonwealth Pool

Ask a member of the team in your venue for more information.

Got kids in coaching? Why wait, drop into soft play and enjoy a 30-minute discounted session with your little one while your other child is enjoying their class. 

50p for 6 - 11 months
£2.25 for 1 - 2 years
£3.25 for 3 - 10 years

Find out more about our soft play venues here.