"The best kept secret in Aberdeen!"

"The best kept secret in Aberdeen!"

Dr Fraser McGlynn, Director of Sport and Recreation Services

To celebrate the opening of its refurbished facilities, the University of Aberdeen’s Department of Sport and Recreation Services is throwing open its doors to the general public on Saturday 30 September, between 10am and 4.00pm.

According to Dr Fraser McGlynn, Director of Sport and Recreation Services, the University’s sports facilities and services “are the best kept secret in Aberdeen”

Dr McGlynn added: “We decided to organise this Open Day in an effort to encourage as many people as possible to come along and find out what we have to offer.

“All our teaching staff are degree qualified and their advice is backed up by current research, much of which comes from scientists based at the University of Aberdeen. We already have a vibrant over-60s Programme which we are keen to expand. For example we offer Exercise to Music, Aquafit and Swimming Classes, all of which are extremely popular. Our recent refurbishment means that we have state-of-the-art fitness equipment available.

“Given the extensive media coverage of the Sydney Olympics, we hope that people of all ages will feel motivated to come to the Open Day and take a look for themselves. Whilst few may ever become or aspire to become Olympic-standard competitors, keeping fit it not only essential for good health but it’s great fun too!”

So what’s on offer for those who come along on the 30th? The list has something for everyone: Evergreens class aerobics and circuit classes, weights instruction, bums-legs-tums class, cardio combat class, parent/baby swimming, boxfit class, learning skills to safe a life (CPR), fitness assessments, children’s hours.

The Department is already expanding its popular Children’s Summer Sports School by offering term-time activities, including an introduction to trampolining, and life-saving skills which complements the existing swimming scheme called “Olympic Rings”.

Recognised as a Centre of Excellence, the Department currently supervises the strength and conditioning programmes of some of Scotland’s elite athletes who are based in the North East of Scotland, and who belong to the Scottish Institute of Sport. Sports include rugby, hockey, swimming and curling. Some, but not all of the athletes, are also students at the University of Aberdeen. In addition, the Department offers sports science support for other athletes, for example giving advice on training, sports psychology and lifestyle management.

Further information from :

Dr Fraser McGlynn, Tel: 01224 272313

University Press Office on telephone +44 (0)1224-273778 or email a.ramsay@admin.abdn.ac.uk.

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