July newsletter


July got off to a bit of a miserable start. Not only did poor Andy Murray get knocked out of Wimbledon far too early, but a barrage of non-stop inclement weather hit our shores. The misery, however, was very short lived as summer holiday fever hit the area and the influx of visitors, coupled with the enthusiasm of our members, made for a seriously busy month. Things are looking pretty jam-packed throughout August too. Here’s the lowdown…

Staff changes
As many of you will already know, our little dream-team is coming to an end with Mairi our awesome Assistant Manager and Nicole and Henrik our lovely Lifeguards leaving for pastures new.
Marvellous Mairi Morrison has been an integral part of the Leisure Centre for almost ten years and we’ll be lost without her. Over the years, Mairi has taught hundreds of local children to swim and has always been an extremely positive influence at the Centre, with both staff and customers alike enjoying her chatty, knowledgeable and fun energy. Mairi has decided that it’s time for a change and she’s looking forward to starting a new job, which will take her in a brand-new direction. All is not lost though, as she’s promised to come back in the future to take some of our fitness classes so we’ll still get our Mairi fix. Phew!
We’re also super sad to be waving goodbye to Lifeguards, Nicole Simmonds & Henrik Chart. Both Nicole & Henrik have been great members of the team and their smiley faces will be missed on poolside and at the Leisure Centre as a whole.
As many of you will know, Nicole is obsessed with all things equine and she’s been offered a fantastic opportunity in Leicestershire where she will be working at a very successful show-jumping yard. We wish her all the best and hope to see her soaring over jumps on her trusty steed, Viva, at the Japan 2020 Olympics!!
Superhuman Henrik is probably the busiest and coolest retired person in the area! Not only does Henrik volunteer with us on a Monday evening and help out when we’re short staffed, he also leads a walking group every Thursday, volunteers with the coastguards and teaches snorkelling. Therefore, we completely understand his desire to lighten the load a little and wish him all the best in his “retirement”.
You’ll all be hugely missed ☹

Job opportunities
With the above staff changes, several job opportunities have come to the fore and we would love to hear from individuals who are looking to be part of the team. Please see our website for a list of current job vacancies – www.mallaigleisure.org.uk

Charity shop success
The annual Friends of the Swimming Pool Pop-up Charity Shop was a roaring success with a huge profit of £2026 raised for spinning bikes for the Leisure Centre! Organiser, Edith Maclean, expressed her gratitude and would like to pass on her thanks to anybody who donated, bought goods and/or volunteered at this year’s shop.

Spinning bikes
With the help of the Charity Shop and a very kind donation from Marine Harvest, eight spinning bikes have been delivered to the Leisure Centre! Watch this space for upcoming classes. Thank you to everybody involved – it’ll be brilliant adding another high-octane exercise class to the list just in time for the darker evenings ahead.

The Traighathlon – Sunday 24th September
Next month’s triathlon is nearing and it’s promising to be a fun filled, action packed day with a triathlon event to suit all fitness levels! There really is something for everyone and you don’t even have to enter the event alone, it can also be tackled as a team of three (one person for each discipline). Athletic nourishment will be served by Sarah of Arisaig House who will be cooking up a beach front storm with a ginormous seafood risotto (seafood courtesy of the lovely Iain Stewart). Please check out our website for entry details and further information.

Term 1 swimming lessons
Term 1’s swimming lessons will begin the week commencing Monday 28th August and parents/guardians should receive confirmation of their child’s allocated slot in the next couple of weeks. For anybody new to the area who would like to take up swimming lessons, please get in touch as soon as possible and we will arrange an assessment. Group swimming lessons cost £4.60 per session or are included in our great value all-inclusive membership, which costs £30 per month and allows two adults and infinite children access to all the facilities!

ASA Swim Teaching course
We will be holding an ASA Swim Teaching course over the weekends of 19th and 26th August and welcome anybody interested in becoming a swimming teacher to enrol onto the course. The course spans the Saturday and Sunday of each weekend and costs £400, although this cost is based on two individuals signing up so the more people that sign up, the cheaper it will become.

Free swimming lessons
In conjunction with the ASA Swim Teaching course, we’re offering free swimming lessons for children aged 3 – 12 years over the weekends of 19th & 26thAugust. If your child or a child you know would like to take up this opportunity, please get in touch and we’ll get them signed up.

It’s yoga-time
Pam from Lochaber Yoga will be back in business from Tuesday 22nd August at 6pm. Pam’s yoga classes can get very busy, so please book a place if you would like to attend.

Music lessons
A new music group was trialled by Rebecca McLean throughout July and it proved to be very well attended and successful. It has therefore been decided that Rebecca will carry on with her music group, which will run every Wednesday morning from 10.45am – 11.45am from 23rd August.

Mallaig & Morar Highland Games & Mallaig Craft Fayre
Be sure to pop along to the Mallaig & Morar Highland Games on Sunday 6th August. The Games begin at 12pm at the Lovat Memorial Field and the Friends of the Pool will be at the tea tent serving tasty filled rolls, homemade cakes and tea/coffee. On the same day, our Donna and the Acharacle Aqua Aerobics regulars will be serving delicious delights at the Mallaig Community Craft Fayre so there’s no excuse for not treating yourself to a cake or ten on Sunday 6th.

Are you a member of the Co-op
If you’re a Co-op member we would be mega grateful if you chose Mallaig Leisure Centre as your Local Cause. In doing so, every time you buy selected Co-op branded products and services we receive 1% of what you spend. All you need to do is go onto the Co-op website and pick us! Last year, by choosing us as your Local Cause, you helped raise over £2300 for the Leisure Centre!!

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