Whilst we’re not in for the awards, we’re proud to say that a number of our projects and individuals have been recognised for their efforts. Of course, in our eyes, every single one of our staff and volunteers are stars!


Whatever you do for a living, and wherever you are in Scotland, Healthy Working Lives (HWL) is an award scheme which creates opportunities to work in ways that sustain and improve health and well being. Edinburgh Leisure encourages and supports people to be active and healthy - it's at the heart of what we do. As the city's biggest provider of sports and leisure, we're ideally placed to support our workforce to be active and healthy. 

We're delighted to have achieved the Gold Award for ‘Healthy Working Lives’ in 2017 and will be assessed again in 2018 to ensure we continue to meet the high standards we set when Gold was achieved. Through the HWL Award we will champion our target of having a healthy, motivated and productive workforce. We invest in ensuring our people are encouraged and supported to achieving excellence. 


Community Access Programme

The Community Access Programme (CAP) received recognition in September 2013 for its innovative approach for increasing participation in sport and physical activity in Edinburgh. CAP was awarded the World Leisure International Innovation Award. The prize was collected at a presentation at the World Leisure Congress held in Rimini Italy.

This global recognition is an example of how Edinburgh Leisure is being seen as an expert in Sport and Physical Activity. The programme was also complimented for the range of partners and service users that take part in the programme.

CAP is a clear example of an organisation approach with everyone being involved from receptionists providing a great customer experience to gym instructors providing the technical support whilst in the gym. Without every member of staff clearly demonstrating our values the programme would not be a success and have achieved this great award.

If you want any information about the programme please email CAP.

 Young Ambassadors Paralympic Gamesmakers

The Director’s Award is awarded to the project that best demonstrated the priorities and aspirations of CEC Children and Families during 2012. Young people from Edinburgh schools volunteered as young gamesmakers for the sitting volleyball at the Paralympic Games 2012 in London.

Edinburgh Leisure and Active Schools

In partnership with Active Schools, Edinburgh Leisure arranged for 16 senior pupils to attend the Paralympic sitting volleyball competition for 17 days. These young people were the only group of young games makers representing Scotland. While they were there, the team was assessed and subsequently awarded the prestigious role of courtside assistants for the men’s gold medal match.

Further to that the whole team were honoured to receive invitations from the Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, inviting them to the ceremony to bestow the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh on Sir Chris Hoy.

 “This was a project of its time. It involved young people from across Edinburgh volunteering as sports ambassadors to inspire other young people to participate in sport and to represent Scotland at the Paralympic Games in London.” 

Gillian Tee, Director of Children & Families, CEC

Debra Taylor and Louise Findlay

Awarded for enhancing coach education and development opportunities nationally, making projects achievable through workforce development, and striving for a high quality, professional, enjoyable and safe experiences for swimmers, teachers and coaches.

Edinburgh Leisure and Children and Families (CEC)

Awarded for delivering the most successful, innovative and effective Top Up Swimming programme in Scotland, enhancing curriculum opportunities by reducing ratios and providing additional support to help children achieve the national standard of swimming. 

Gillian Jones

Awarded for taking an innovative, cross boundary, partnership approach to the relocation of the RCP diving programme and Edinburgh Diving Club to Newbattle Pool in Midlothian; leading key stakeholders, planning facility refurbishment and operations, and ensuring a high quality alternative for divers during the closure of the RCP.

Vicki Tomlinson

Congratulations from all at EL go to Vicki Tomlinson, our very own Diving Coordinator who scooped the Coach of the Year title at the Edinburgh Sports Awards on 28 October 2010.

Jointly funded and organised by the City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh Leisure, the awards have been established to recognise the very best sports and leisure provision across the city.

Nominations were invited across three categories: Club of the Year, Coach of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

‘More than 30 nominations were received for each category. The top 3 were shortlisted and invited to the Commonwealth Games Civic Reception where our nominees were joined by the Scottish Commonwealth Teams to thank them for their efforts in Delhi and the awards took place during the reception.

This is fantastic recognition for Vicki’s hard work. Despite the RCP being closed we’ve been able to maintain and even grow our diving programme. It’s all thanks to Vicki’s excellent work at our interim site of Newbattle Pool, Midlothian, supplemented with dry diving – practising skills on trampolines – at Meadowbank.

Well done Vicki and thank you to all of our venues and staff who have helped keep this fantastic diving programme alive.'

Perrotine Orr, Sports Manager

Mental health problems are common within the general population. At any one time it is estimated that around 1 in 4 of the adult population in Scotland will have a diagnosable mental health problem.

Healthy Active Minds is a key project which supports strategies such as Lets Make Scotland More Active and the National Mental Health Delivery Plan by supporting and motivating individuals with mild to moderate depression, stress or anxiety become (and remain) more physically active

Healthy Active Minds was announced the winner of the Active Mental Health & Wellbeing category at the Physical Activity and Health Alliance (PAHA) Active Factor Awards in February 2010 which recognised outstanding efforts that reflect the implementation of the national strategy, Let’s Make Scotland More Active.