Gym ban on sale of high-energy drinks to under 16s
Leisure centres across Scotland respond to concerns for young people’s health.
Publicly funded leisure centres in all local authorities have now banned the sale of high-energy soft drinks to young people under the age of 16.
The restriction will apply to soft drinks with an added caffeine content of more than 150mg per litre.
Community Leisure UK, the umbrella body for over 85% of Scotland’s publicly funded leisure and cultural facilities, has worked with the Scottish Government to introduce the restriction in the 1,300 facilities they represent.
The seven local authorities not covered by Community Leisure UK have also banned the drinks.
Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick yesterday said:
“I welcome the leadership shown by all publicly-funded leisure centres in restricting the sale of energy drinks to young people.
“This builds on our recent ban of energy drinks to under 16s in all hospital retail units and NHS-run catering sites.
“The Scottish Government recognises that consumption of energy drinks is a significant concern to parents, healthcare professionals and young people. This ban delivers on the promise we made in our Diet and Healthy Weight Delivery Plan last year and we have committed to a consultation on restricting the sale of energy drinks to under 16s later this year.”
Kirsty Cumming, Community Leisure UK Engagement and Policy Manager for Scotland, yesterday said:
"After working closely with both our members and colleagues at Scottish Government, Community Leisure UK is delighted that all members in Scotland have chosen to ban the sale of energy drinks to young people under 16.
“This is an important step in protecting the health of young people across Scotland and we are proud to support the Scottish Government's promise made in the Diet and Healthy Weight Delivery Plan."
Energy drinks are soft drinks that contain higher levels of caffeine than other soft drinks, and may also contain a lot of sugar. Research by the World Health Organisation suggests that excessive consumption of energy drinks by children is linked to negative health outcomes such as headaches, sleeping problems, irritation and tiredness.
Many larger retailers and supermarkets have voluntarily stopped selling energy drinks to under 16s. In May, the Scottish Government announced a ban on high-energy drinks to under 16s in hospital retail units. This move was matched by all NHS-run catering sites.
Members of Community Leisure UK manage facilities including swimming pools, libraries, museums, pitches, gyms, ice arenas, beach fronts, parks, heritage buildings and children’s centres. All members are leisure trusts who reinvest generated profits into the provision of leisure services and facilities.
Latest News from
£18 million funding for cancer support workers23/08/2019 12:20:00
New partnership to help cancer patients.
Small Area Population Estimates22/08/2019 12:05:00
Figures published today by the National Records of Scotland provide the latest mid-2018 population estimates for the 6,976 small areas of Scotland, known as data zones.
Call for UK Government to attend Festivals Visa Summit22/08/2019 10:05:00
Home Secretary invited to join discussion on immigration issues for performers.
Government Expenditure & Revenue Scotland 2018-1921/08/2019 15:05:00
Scotland’s net fiscal balance has improved for the third year in a row, according to statistics announced today by Scotland’s Chief Statistician.
Scotland’s revenues grow by £3 billion21/08/2019 12:05:00
Scotland’s notional deficit is falling faster than the UK’s, with onshore revenues increasing by 5.1% to reach £61.3 billion in 2018-19 as a result of continued economic growth.
Delivering community justice21/08/2019 10:05:00
An expert group focused on improving the delivery of community justice interventions will meet today for the first time.
Influential historian celebrated20/08/2019 12:05:00
Professor’s influence marked in Perthshire event.
Ensuring effective delivery of the CMAL contracts20/08/2019 10:05:00
Board to determine a new delivery schedule by the end of October.
Money Talk Team benefits thousands of families20/08/2019 09:05:00
Free financial advice service helps low income households save more than £6 million.