April newsletter


We hope that you all had a great Easter break and didn’t overindulge too much on the chocolate and hot cross buns! In times gone by, the Easter Holidays were generally a very quiet period at the Leisure Centre, but it was brilliant to see that so many of you came along to work off the Easter eggs in our pool and new gym.  During the holidays we also incorporated two more fun hours into the timetable and these were very well attended.  Here’s what else went on throughout April…

Road to the Isles Half Marathon

We were absolutely delighted with the turnout from this year’s Road to the Isles Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and Walk on the Side. The community spirit that surrounded the event was apparent for all to see and the majority of feedback we have received refers to this.  We absolutely could not have even considered putting on the event without the help of all the volunteers and support offered by local people and businesses so a massive thank you to every single one of you.  It was truly a wonderful day, not only for the Leisure Centre, but for the community as a whole, and we’re excited about how far the Road to the Isles Half Marathon can go in the future.  With this in mind and looking ahead, we feel that it is important that we move the date of the event from the Bank Holiday weekend to the middle of May (Saturday 12th May 2018) because if the event is to grow as we hope it will, we would prefer it if there were to be an influx of people to the area during the lull in May rather than the mega busy Bank Holiday weekend.  This means that it would potentially boost the local economy at a quieter time of year and also it means that in terms of safety, the roads would be far less populated and therefore safer for participants.

At this stage we haven’t quite ascertained how much money the event has raised for our refurbishment fund, but once all the invoices are in, we will calculate the total raised and let you know in next month’s newsletter.

Co-op’s Chosen Charity Award

Also throughout April we were over the moon to discover the local community had raised over £2300 through the Co-op’s Chosen Charity scheme. This great scheme ran throughout the year and by becoming a Co-op member and choosing Mallaig Leisure Centre as your chosen charity, you inadvertently donated money directly to our refurbishment fund every time you shopped at the Co-op.  Thank you to every single one of you who chose us!  We are also super grateful to be in line for becoming one of 2017/18’s chosen charities, so watch this space.

Staff Changes

We were very sad to lose the lovely Aimee Sneddon in April. Aimee has gone onto work for CalMac and we wish her all the very best in her new job.  Aimee was a great girl to have around the Leisure Centre and she is missed by both staff and customers alike.

Childrens Yoga

During the Easter holidays, Pam King from Lochaber Yoga offered the children of the area the opportunity to enjoy the many benefits yoga can bring to us all. Pam offered two classes, one for toddlers and one for under 11s, and both were a great success.  We will definitely look towards incorporating childrens yoga into the summer holiday timetable so hopefully the community will soon be filled with super chilled out children in touch with their inner yogis.

Swimming lessons

Just a quick reminder that term 3’s swimming lessons commence the week beginning Monday 8th May.  Everybody should have already received their child’s day and time.  If this information failed to reach you, please do get in touch with us as soon as possible.

Body Conditioning

Our new Body Conditioning class starts on Wednesday 17th May from 5.15pm.  This forty five minute class is taking over from our Monday Circuit Training class and the emphasis will be on toning and conditioning the body.  Like Circuit Training, Mairi will set up various stations where people looking to shape up for summer will spend two minutes before moving onto the next station.  This class works a variety of muscle groups and is sure to have you toned and in peak condition for the summer months ahead.  Please book your place in advance to avoid disappointment.  The Body Conditioning class is free for Mallaig Leisure Centre users and £5 for non-members.

Catherine McDonell’s Pop-up classes

Have you ever thought to yourself, if only there were more Catherine McDonells in the community? Well we certainly have as we’d love to be able to offer more fitness classes, but sadly there is only one Catherine to go around.  We then came up with an ingenious plan of attack!  On the days where Catherine is unable to take her popular Monday morning Body Blast Class, we have filmed her in action and will show the video in the fitness studio on the projector.  The first of these classes is Monday 8th May at 9.30am.  Similarly, if you or a group of friends would like to come up at a different time, please do get in touch with us and if the fitness studio is available, we are more than happy to set this up for you.

Swim Around the Islands 2017

From Monday 24th April – Friday 23rd of June, six teams of local people are attempting to swim 4000 lengths of our pool, which is equivalent to the 49.72 mile swim it would take to swim around the islands.  Team members can log their lengths on the form in the foyer at the entrance to the changing rooms.  It’s not too late to sign up and if you would like to join a team or go it alone, please ask at reception next time you’re in.

Staff training

Throughout April, we were delighted that Manager, Brian O’Rourke, passed the RLSS Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessor course, which means that we can now offer in-house lifeguard training here at Mallaig Leisure Centre. Prior to this, staff in need of training and development had to go as far afield as Glasgow, Edinburgh or Inverness for several days at a time to undergo essential training to keep pool users safe in the water.  We hope that by making the process of training lifeguards more convenient and less expensive, we can train and employ more lifeguards in the area, which in turn will allow us to save money, employ more local people and open the pool more often for public swimming.

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