Edinburgh Leisure turns RRED

Edinburgh Leisure announced today that it is kick-starting the New Year by supporting the Responsible Retailing of Energy Drinks (RRED) campaign.

In 2015, under 16s will not be able to purchase energy drinks on Edinburgh Leisure premises. These beverages are highly caffeinated and promise to give the customer greater energy levels. They differ from sports drinks, which are designed to boost the athlete’s performance.

Energy drinks will no longer be stocked in vending machines and Edinburgh Leisure is also taking the bold step of removing energy drinks from sale in all its venues across the city. This will be accomplished with the support of Edinburgh Leisure-run Café Refresh outlets, other charity-run and commercial cafes on Edinburgh Leisure’s sites, and its six golf courses.

The Café Refresh at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, Gracemount Leisure Centre and Tumbles Soft Play have already won the Scottish Government’s Healthy Living Awards and Edinburgh Leisure remains committed to providing its customers with nutritious food and drink. Therefore, Edinburgh Leisure has acknowledged the potential dangers of caffeinated energy drinks outlined by RRED, which include seizures and rapid heartbeat in children and other young people. Worryingly, children also make up one of the largest groups of energy drink consumers.

Graeme Gardiner, Director of Operations at Edinburgh Leisure, said: “We are delighted to take the necessary steps to support the RRED campaign to ensure that young people under 16 achieve more in 2015 without purchasing energy drinks in any Edinburgh Leisure facility. We welcome over 4 million visits to our venues across the city and are committed to inspiring Edinburgh to be a healthier city.”

Councillor Norma Austin Hart, the founder of RRED, said: “I’m a strong believer that high-caffeine soft drinks should not be promoted or marketed to those under 16, and many local people including school children agree and have already signed up to the campaign. I’m delighted that Edinburgh Leisure, which helps young people to lead an active and healthy lifestyle day-in and day-out, has come on board.  It will make a dramatic difference and I hope it spurs other organisations and businesses to follow suit.”

Edinburgh Leisure is a ‘not for profit’ organisation which manages over 30 venues for the City of Edinburgh Council, bringing the largest range of fitness facilities and community projects to people across the city. 

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