Sporting Initiatives

We passionately believe in the power of sport and the positive impact it can have on individuals’ and communities’ physical, mental and social health and wellbeing.

We want to inspire everyone to get started and stay active through sport. We are in a position to do this because unlike any other sport and leisure operator in the city, we have a partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council that gives us access to an unrivalled range of venues which we operate on a not for profit basis. 

Our sport projects are about improving the quality of our coaching services and expanding their reach, from those starting out through to athletes training for major sporting competition we are proud to work with them all.

We share the aspirations of our colleagues in the City of Edinburgh Council and sportscotland to support the development of local sports clubs and work with partners to support performance sport.

Positive Destinations

The project is targeted at young people Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET). Each young person goes through a programme of development and learning that focuses on sports specific coaching courses.

Looked After and Active

A project funded by the City of Edinburgh Council and delivered by Edinburgh Leisure to encourage foster children and young adults aged 0 to 21 years old, together with their carers, to be involved in more physical activity. 

Want to Get Active?

Physical activity has sometimes been described as a magic pill - not only does it help us feel better and function better, it can prevent and treat leading health challenges such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancers and mental health.

Edinburgh Talented Athlete Support Scheme

Edinburgh Leisure help athletes in their training through free access to gyms, swimming pools and track venues, to support talented athletes to achieve more and accomplish world class performance levels.

Pilrig Park Gymnastics

The long term aim for the project is to develop and increase the number of classes running to provide more opportunities for young people with disabilities to enjoy gymnastics.

The Edinburgh Talented Athlete Support Scheme (E TASS), is a City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh Leisure funded programme that represents a strong and unique partnership between talented athletes, National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGB’s) and the Scottish Institute of Sport Network (SISN). E TASS aims to provide free access to Edinburgh Leisure’s gym, swimming pool and track venues, to support talented athletes to achieve more, develop to their full potential and accomplish world class performance levels.

To qualify for the E TASS athletes must be resident in Edinburgh and a member of an Edinburgh constituted sports club. The athlete must also represent their sport* at any of the following standards:

•    Scottish Institute of Sport

•    Scottish/British/European/World Championship Title Holder

•    Scottish or Great Britain Squad Member

•    Regional Development Squad (including CEC Sports Academy)

Access to the Scheme is through an individual application process. All athletes must complete the application form and get it endorsed by the relevant National Governing Body or Area Institute/Squad Coach.

The completed application form should be submitted to Edinburgh Leisure by March 1st. Access cards are valid for a maximum period of one year from 1st April to 31st March.

Athletes must re-apply for a new card annually by the submission date (March 1st).

The number of athletes able to access the programme is limited. If there is high demand a selection process will be applied. All athletes that submit by the deadline will be sent notification of the outcome of their application.

*Eligible athletes must participate in a sport that has a National Governing Body recognised by sportscotland.

Applications for the ETASS Programme 2020/21 will be open from February 1st 2020. 

In partnership with Pilrig Park School we run a gymnastics club to provide young people with a disability, aged between 11 and 17 years, the opportunity to take part and enjoy the sport of gymnastics. 

The club works towards various goals including participating in the Edinburgh Leisure Annual Christmas Display giving the club members an opportunity to perform for family and friends whilst showcasing their hard work. The long term aim for the project is to develop and increase the number of classes running to provide more opportunities for young people with disabilities to enjoy gymnastics.

Taking place on a Tuesday afternoon the class is delivered by two fully qualified and Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) checked coaches who both have vast experience in coaching and supporting children and young people with disabilities. The club's ethos is to increase participation and volunteering opportunities in the local community.

For further details on the programme contact our Gymnastics Development Officer on 0131 458 2100 or email

Community Sport Hub, sportscotland’s contribution to the Scottish Government’s 2014 legacy plan, aims to increase the number of people of all ages participating in sport and physical activity in local communities across Scotland.

Edinburgh Leisure is facilitating the Colinton Community Sport Hub which is located in the South West of the Capital and launched in June 2012. Two of our venues are part of the Hub (Craiglockhart Leisure & Tennis Centre and Meggetland Sports Complex) which also brings together two university campuses and a significant number of primary and secondary schools.

The Colinton Community Sports Hub, geographically consisting of the Colinton Road ‘corridor’ (from Napier Merchiston to Oxgangs Community Centre), is about improving awareness of and access to sport & physical activity for the local community in this area. Community Sport Hubs aim to provide a pathway between school and club sport, creating more opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity in a welcoming and safe place. Within the Colinton Community Sports Hub there are over 40 clubs participating in numerous different sports ranging from rugby and football to rowing and cricket.

If you would like more information on the project visit