Having the responsibility to promote the health, fitness, personal development and wellbeing of the residents of East Renfrewshire is an absolute privilege. 

We have a dedicated team who are here to support our residents on that journey, be it through fitness programmes or involvement in the arts – we can be there every step of the way. 

The wide range of activities provided by the Trust stretches from opera performances, to art classes, football coaching, swimming lessons, and everything in between. 

So in our latest Sports for All and Culture brochures we outline all that is on offer for our residents. Our teams have been out and about in the last couple of weeks delivering the brochures to all our schools, to make sure parents have the chance to sign up their children for some of our great classes, but also to check out what’s on offer for them. 

If you’ve not had a chance to check out the brochures yet, they’re available online at http://bit.ly/SportForAllAug-Nov18 for Sport for All and http://bit.ly/CultureBrochureAug-Dec2018 for Theatre, Arts & Drama. 

One of the biggest areas of focus for us is providing children and young people with experience and skills which stand them in good stead for the rest of their life. 

Key to this is learning to swim. We are fully supportive of Scottish Swimming’s vision that ‘Everyone can Swim’ by the time they leave primary school. 

The national statistic over 40% of children being unable to swim when they move to secondary school is something which we can make a tangible difference to. 

Our popular learn to swim programme is available across all four of our swimming pools and we also offer a free swimming assessment in advance to allow us to match your child to the appropriate level of class. 

If you’re interested in finding out more then check out the details on our website here: http://www.ercultureandleisure.org/splash. 

Finally, it’s with great excitement that we look forward to the re-opening of the Foundry swimming pool next week. 

During the extensive refurbishment it is not just the pool which has been upgraded, but also a new changing village has been installed and improved gym changing, as well as a revamp to the health suite. 

These changes will make such an improvement for all our customers and I thank everyone for their patience and understanding during the works. 

We look forward to welcoming everyone back and seeing these fantastically improved facilities getting used to the full in the months ahead.

Anthony McReavy is chief executive of East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust