Sport & Exercise

New outdoor fitness opportunities coming to Peffermill early 2021

University of Edinburgh Sport & Exercise have collaborated with US based company PLAE, who will deliver a new outdoor fitness solution to Peffermill, the first of its kind in UK Higher Education. It’s time to PLAE. Train. Perform.

An artist impression of PLAE lockers
An artist impression of the PLAE lockers

The installation of the new PLAE lockers in early 2021 will offer the opportunity to combine outdoor training and sports conditioning on a single site and adds to the first class offering for students and the wider community at Peffermill.

Since 2009, PLAE have worked to reinvent athletic flooring as a foundational component of any advanced training space offering innovative and high-performance solutions. The new PLAE Lockers which will be installed at Peffermill are the latest iteration of this drive.

“At PLAE we Design & Build Innovative Solutions for those who refuse second best! Our ability to blend aggressive aesthetic design with performance enables us to deliver world-class solutions for our customers & this project with the UOE is no different. Watch this space…”

Available for teams, individuals and group exercise, the PLAE Lockers will be installed on the sprint track between Peffermill’s two international water-based hockey pitches. The lockers will offer multiple functional fitness stations including squat stands, pull up bars, rope climb and punch bags, other small equipment such as medicine balls, kettlebells and slam balls and dedicated cardio space for equipment such as ski ergs, rowers and bikes. A new 20m section of turf track is also being added to allow for further conditioning uses like sleds and battle ropes.


“We are delighted to be the first University to bring PLAE lockers to the UK. Offering the opportunity to combine world-class outdoor sport and conditioning training will be a game changer for our students and wider sporting community and show-cases our commitment to being at the forefront of innovative solutions across the world of sport and fitness.”

)Jim Aitken MBEDirector of Sport & Exercise, University of Edinburgh

Peffermill Playing Fields

The 27 acre Peffermill site offers a hugely impressive array of training and competition facilities for everybody to enjoy including two international accredited floodlit water-based artificial pitches, 2 accredited 3G pitches, nine five-a-side pitches, 10 grass pitches,  cricket square, a 100 metre synthetic training track and changing facilities in three pavilions. We also offer conference and meeting facilities, a bar and lounge area and on-site parking for 160 cars and six coaches, all nested in the centre of Edinburgh and with stunning views to Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat.

Ensuring our users safety

In line with the current Scottish Government and the University of Edinburgh guidelines, we are continually reviewing our activities and the ways in which we can operate to ensure our member and staff's safety and wellbeing.

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