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A long-standing partnership between Live Active Leisure and Perthshire Rugby Club has facilitated the successful launch of a new, state-of-the-art strength and conditioning gym and coach education room at Bell’s Sports Centre, with a joint total investment of £88,000.

The project was funded in part by a £41,500 grant secured by Perthshire Rugby in the final round of Scottish Rugby’s Club Sustainability Fund awards last October.  This additional funding allowed for an exemplar facility to be installed with Perform Better equipment, the recognised market leader for this type of installation, delivering a superior finish to the new gym. 

Gary Watson, Director of Operational Services for LAL, commented, “Our partnership with Perthshire Rugby stretches back to the seventies, and this project has gone a long way to deepening and strengthening that relationship. 

From securing the initial funding award, to the execution of the project, both parties have worked hard to ensure the end result brings real benefit to both the performance athletes at the club, and our wider customer base.  I'm proud to report that the end result is exemplary in terms of a modern strength and conditioning facility.”

Studies show that expert strength and conditioning tuition can make a real difference to an athlete’s performance, power and mental strength and the new facility will serve Rugby athletes, the 65 members of Live Active Leisure’s Talented Athlete Scheme, and customers from the wider community.

Allan Brown, Chief Executive of Perthshire Rugby commented,

“Perthshire Rugby is grateful for the support and funding received from Scottish Rugby to realise our ambition for this fantastic strength & conditioning facility and we are delighted to have partnered with Live Active Leisure in delivering on that funding promise. 

Perthshire Rugby players, including girls and boys from the age of 12, will be able to use this area to participate in our Athlete Development Programme to maximise their potential – all of our members have been looking forward to the opening.”

Wall Mounted Racks, Duratrain Flooring with Oak Lifting Platforms, Dumbbells, Benches and a range of functional equipment including Training Ropes, Medicine Balls, Rings and Plyo Box are all on offer.  Additionally, early morning gym access for all customers will now be available Monday to Friday from 07:15am.

About Perthshire Rugby

Perthshire Rugby, who celebrated 150 years of rugby in Perth last year, is recognised as one of the leading providers of amateur rugby in Scotland.  They Club of the Year in last week’s Perth and Kinross Sports Awards, and were nominated as “Local Club of the Year” category at the Scottish Sports Awards 2016. 

A dedicated team of members and volunteers manages the activities of almost 400 players from P1 to U18, Senior 1st XV, 2nd XV and Veteran teams. New players, members and volunteers of all ages are always welcome at Perthshire Rugby and can contact the club at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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