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School's Out for Summer of Sport

28 July 2014

With the Commonwealth Games taking place in Scotland, including the Diving event at our very own Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, this is the summer to drag kids away from their screens and let them embrace sport.

And happily Edinburgh Leisure is offering a wealth of different activities throughout the long school holidays, so whatever your child’s interests, they can ‘be part of it.’

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What if your child is not so keen on sports or isn’t sure what they’d enjoy? With so much to choose from, why not let them try something new, or enjoy free multi-sport taster sessions so they can discover an activity they can grow to love.

Tommy George, Young People & Communities Team Manager at Edinburgh Leisure, said: “Physical activity is an essential component for healthy growth and development in Children & Young People. Research has shown that being physically active can help with the development of motor skills, maintaining a healthy weight, developing strong bones, muscles and heart, self-confidence, communication, decision making, and social skills.

“There is a range of affordable physical activity opportunities available in Edinburgh to help all children in the city enjoy an active and healthy summer.”


1)    Climbing and Abseiling

Climbing is having a moment, with the world class Edinburgh International Climbing Arena (EICA) Ratho on our doorstep. So why not give it a try - or for real daredevils, there’s the chance to abseil from the top of the atrium. Fantastic for working all muscle groups, climbing is also good for mental strength, boosts confidence and gives kids a great sense of achievement.

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2) Be Part of It

Now the excitement about Commonwealth Games had really kicked in, youngsters aged 5-16 are invited to try football, gymnastics, tennis, boccia, athletics and much more at the Meadows ‘Join In’ events.

Every Wednesday and Friday afternoon qualified coaches will be delivering the free taster sessions from 2-4pm, from July 2nd to August 8th

There’s no need to book, just drop into The Pavillion Cafe, Jawbone Walk in Edinburgh’s beautiful Meadows.

3) Tennis

Andy Murray has inspired kids in Scotland to love tennis, which is an amazing workout. There is a range of coaching and camps at the premier facility Craiglockhart Tennis Centre in Edinburgh this summer, which are always super fun.

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4) Holiday Camps

Holiday camps are the perfect way to allow kids to try out new activities in a friendly, safe environment. With a huge range on offer across the city, there is something for every child. Camps mix up sports and activities that allow children to make new friends and keep boredom at bay. With wrap around care from 8am - 6pm they are also a perfect solution for busy working parents.

5) Teenagers

Many parents find it a challenge to keep teenagers active, even though they are vital years for healthy development. An active adolescence will set kids up for the fitness habit in adult life and help young people cope better with stress. Edinburgh Leisure’s Open All Hours offers activities for teens to enjoy together for only £1 at set times, while the NRG zones are gym sessions dedicated to S1 - S6 pupils. The Energize card offers young people the chance to collect Edinburgh Leisure loyalty points too.

6) Gym Nippers and Softplay

The best way to ensure children enjoy healthy, active lives is to start as you mean to go on. The perennially popular Gym Nippers is a great opportunity for new parents to socialise with others, and have some lovely quality time with their baby. When parents would rather have a break from their little darlings, soft play has the answer. Whether at Scrambles (EICA Ratho) or Tumbles Portobello, kids love being active at soft play while grown ups can relax in the Refresh cafe.

There are free spaces at Gym Nippers on Wednesday 6th August with coaches in training under the supervision of fully qualified coaching, from 11.30 – 12.15 and 2.30 – 3.15pm for 3 and 4 year olds. Places limited and advance booking is essential so contact

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7) Swimming

Swimming is the sport which brings out the water baby in everyone. It’s fun, sociable, works every part of the body, and is a potentially life-saving skill. This summer City of Edinburgh Council will again be funding the Free Swimming programme at Ainslie Park Leisure Centre, Dalry Swim Centre, Gracemount Leisure Centre and Leith Victoria Swim Centre.

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8) Football

If the kids were gripped by World Cup Fever, let the excitement inspire them to try a football camp or coaching programme, or just head to the nearest park for a kickabout. Football is the game kids will never stop loving.

9) High Flyers

Sport is for all and the success of the Paralympics 2012 showed what amazing things can be achieved when barriers are overcome. High Flyers is Edinburgh Leisure’s sports and physical activity programme for young people with additional support needs. High Flyers has expanded so that more children than ever with additional support needs are discovering the thrills and huge health benefits from taking part. There is a wide range of sports on offer. These include Boccia, Bowls, Tennis and a newly established muli-sport wheelchair sports club.

10) Gymnastics

This Summer, Edinburgh Leisure is offering free gymnastics lessons to people all ages and abilities at the state-of-the-art Gymnastics facility, Tumbles Portobello.

Come along and be taught by the trainee teachers under the guidance of the UKCC qualified tutors on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th August from 9.00 – 4.00pm.

Places are limited and advance booking is required, so if you are interested please contact

Inspired? For further information and details of a wealth of children’s coaches activities and summer camps across the city visit