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Update on school sports facilities - 4th November

Edinburgh Leisure | Friday 4th November 2016 10:35am

Update on school sports facilities - November

We are delighted to be helping the City of Edinburgh Council get the most out of their school sport facilities. Community access to schools is a significant step forward in providing more opportunities for people to get active and stay active! Over the next year, all 23 High Schools will be transferred to Edinburgh Leisure to operate on behalf of the Council, programming clubs, groups and activities to enhance what’s already happening in our leisure centres. A number of these schools are, or will be, ‘Community Sport Hubs’ where the Council aims to see strong working relationships with all sporting partners in that local area.

Portobello High School

Following the Council’s decision to transfer school facilities to Edinburgh Leisure, we’re now ready for the second school from Monday 7th November – the fantastic brand new Portobello High School. We have been working closely with the Council to support their request of implementing a ‘Community Sport Hub’ model which means catering for as many sports and activities as possible as well as prioritising clubs & groups who provide activities to the pupils of that school.  Due to this approach, the Council have passed on their priority list for Portobello and these bookings are now ready to go.  

As well as these longer term bookings, we have also been asked to implement processes to cater for general access in the available slots. This means we can take limited bookings from anyone, especially from the local area, for a pitch, dance studio or gym hall booking eg: for badminton. 

For more information or to make a booking, please call 0131 669 0404 (option 2) or email blockbookings@edinburghleisure.co.uk. Charges will apply – please refer to the CEC price guide. We have also been requested to implement a process for ‘free’ local community access to the 3G astro pitches. Postcodes will apply (EH7 6LD, all EH8, all EH15 & EH21 8RL/8RQ). Proof of address will be required for any free booking. This free access is bookable on a week to week basis and for available slots only. Customers are asked to call 0131 669 0404 (option 2) from 8.30am every Monday to see what availability there is for that week. For further details call the same number.

James Gillespie’s High School

Similar to Portobello, James Gillespie’s High School opened its doors on 26th September to community access. Again, we have been working with the Council including Active Schools to prioritise bookings for their Sports Hub.

If you would like any further information or make a booking at Gillespie’s, please email blockbookings@edinburghleisure.co.uk (subject name: James Gillespie’s) or call 0131 458 2100.

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