We’d like to give a huge thank you to the Highland Council for awarding us with a whopping £275,000 cheque towards the much needed refurbishment of the Leisure Centre. As some of you may be aware, Mallaig Leisure Centre is appealing for £1.1m worth of funding from a number of trusts and organisations. This funding will go towards extensive refurbishment and replacement of essential equipment to breathe much needed life into the Centre and enable it to continue to provide the community with a fantastic resource for the future.
The importance of the refurbishment can be reflected in the efforts of the local community, who have raised over £10,000 towards the project in just six weeks. Sue Currie of Arisaig says: “I think that the pool has been the most important building in this area to my family in the last 30 years. I want it to be reborn for us all – can’t wait for the grand opening.” The Centre is an incredible community resource, with people regularly using the facilities and travelling from as far as the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and the Small Isles. Abigail Jackson of Mallaig agrees that the Centre is “essential to the area, everyone should learn how to swim, but it is highly important in a fishing village. Upgrades are necessary to keep it running and to keep people coming.”
Mallaig Pool & Leisure’s success over the past 23 years has placed it at the heart of the community. As a social enterprise and not for profit business however, it is partially supported by funding streams from trusts, organisations and the Highland Council.
Fiona Baker, Chair for Mallaig Pool & Leisure said: “We’re absolutely delighted the Highland Council has recognised the value of Mallaig Pool to the community and supported our refurbishment programme with an award of £275,000 of public funds towards our goal. This is a culmination of three years methodical and detailed groundwork by the team of enormously talented, dedicated and largely volunteer Board and Management to whom all credit must be given. Enormous thanks to Cllrs Henderson and Thompson who have been vocal advocates on our behalf and represented our case at Committee today. And also to Maxine Smith who has supported us from the start. We could not have come this far without them in our corner. There’ll be celebrations, but we’re keenly aware that the hard work starts now. Over the next three months we await the response of a number of other funding agencies. This project will only be entirely successful if we can now deliver the collegiate sponsorship necessary to match fund this significant award. But this is a great boost. Public support and fundraising efforts, particularly by the Friends of Mallaig Pool, has been overwhelming, and we can only remain positive for the future of the Centre.”
All donations to the fundraising campaign are really appreciated and can be made at https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/mallaigdistrict-swimmingpool/mdsp-refurbishment or by texting the code MDSP00 plus the amount you want to give e.g. “MDSP00 £5” to 70070. Any small amount will make a big difference.