Visitors and residents across Deeside and Donsidee are being encouraged to get fit and healthy with new ways to be part of the Active Aberdeenshire scheme.
The healthy living campaign makes it easier and cheaper to use Aberdeenshire Council-run sports and leisure facilities.
Gift vouchers, for one month’s membership and Bring a Friend for Free induction, are now available to buy as a great present for birthdays or any special occasion, for a friend or family member who wants to get fit but maybe is not sure where to start.
They are available to buy from all swimming pools and sports centres in Aberdeenshire.
In the past two years since Active Aberdeenshire was launched, payment has been accepted on a strict monthly basis – typically by direct debit.
The new Pay As You Go membership means people do not have to sign up for regular payments, but can pay for a month of membership up front, as and when they would like it.
Active Aberdeenshire is also introducing a new day membership, designed for visitors to get cheap access to a wide range of sports and leisure facilities, even if they are only in the area for a short time.
Another new addition to the campaign is the Single Adult Family membership, for one adult and all children at one address.
It is hoped that the new membership types will encourage more people to take advantage of the Active Aberdeenshire scheme to improve their health and fitness.
Active Aberdeenshire has already proven extremely popular, with thousands of people signing up to the scheme, which offers concessions for the over 60s, under 16s, the disabled, those on low wages, Young Scot card holders, students and people in receipt of carers allowance.
Committee vice-chair, Cllr Ron McKail, said: “Whatever age you are, participating in some kind of sport is not only a fun way to spend your time, but will help improve health and quality of life.
“It is great to see that the scheme is being made accessible to lots of different types of people, from those who live in Aberdeenshire, to those just visiting for the day.
“With the new cash memberships, people can sign up to Active Aberdeenshire at the times that are right for them.”
For more information on Active Aberdeenshire, go to: www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/activeaberdeenshire or contact your local leisure centre.