October Newsletter

Thank goodness last week is over.  Not only did we have to endure the horror of the clocks going back, but there were also some seriously terrifying ghosts and ghouls floating around the area!  Luckily, life at the Leisure Centre has been far less scary…

Holistic Tuesdays
With the clocks going back and the nights getting a bit chillier, we’ve decided to give you all a treat.  From 6th December, Tuesday evenings at the Leisure Centre will be transformed into a holistic haven.  Pam King will be taking a new yoga class in the fitness studio.  The class, which will be filled with the aroma of essential oils, will be suitable for all ages and abilities, including complete beginners and will include breathing and warm-up exercises, poses to build strength and flexibility and end with guided relaxation.  After the class, the swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi will be open until 9pm and lit by candlelight.

Brand new aerobics classes
We were delighted to hear that Brogan Sangan will be returning to the Leisure Centre twice a week, with a brand new aerobics class that is sure to have us all whipped into shape for the Christmas period and beyond!  Keep an eye on the website and/or Facebook/Twitter pages for more information on dates and times.

Assistant Manager, Mairi, enjoyed a well deserved break in Tenerife with her children, Kayleigh & Liam.  Although we were all really happy to have her back, she made us green with envy when she returned looking as brown as a berry!
Also in October, we were really pleased to welcome the lovely Nicole Simmonds to the Mallaig Pool & Leisure team.  Nicole passed her National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) in the middle of the month and it’s great to have her onboard.

Swimming lessons
Term 2’s block swimming lessons kicked off on Monday 24th October with children from as far afield as Acharacle, the Small Isles and Knoydart coming along to get involved in the action.  It’s great to see the children improve so much each term.  Just to remind you that the pool will be closed to begin phase 1 of the refurbishment programme from 7th November to 28th November.  Lessons will resume on Monday 28th November.  We’re sorry if this causes any inconvenience to you, but we’re positive you’ll appreciate the toasty new pool hall.

Charity events & fundraising
It has been great to see the community doing their bit to support the Leisure Centre refurbishment programme.  We’re so grateful to you all and we’ve been really impressed with your fundraising skills.
We received several personal donations throughout the month totalling £815.  Thank you to all who donated, it’s really appreciated.  One such donation was from Dr Helen Palmer and her daughter Chantelle who donated £200 after winning the Friends of Mallaig Swimming Pool ‘500 Club’ £200 jackpot!  Helen and Chantelle regularly use the swimming pool when they’re up at their holiday home in Mallaig and we’re really grateful for their support.
This year’s Feis na Mara was a roaring success.  It’s such a great festival and long may it continue.  Feis na Mara organisers donated a huge £600 to go towards the Leisure Centre refurbishment programme on the condition that a member of the Leisure Centre team worked the bar over the weekend.  Our Manager, Brian, stepped up to the challenge and served revellers drinks until 2am on both Friday and Saturday night.  Good work Brian and thank you to the organisers of Feis na Mara for thinking of us.
It is now possible to fundraise for the Leisure Centre refurbishment by simply buying your groceries.  Members of the Co-op in Mallaig have chosen the Leisure Centre as one of their ‘Local Causes’, which means you donate money towards our refurbishment programme every time you shop at the Co-op.  So, if you’re a Co-op member, you can pick a cause (hopefully us) online and from then on, every time you buy a Co-op branded product or service, 1% of the total will come directly to us.
On top of all of the above, The Pebble Trust awarded us a £5,000 grant to go towards the refurbishment project.  The Pebble Trust supports businesses across the Highlands and Islands and was established in 2014 with the vision of creating a more sustainable, equal and low-carbon society across Scotland.

The fundraising events keep on coming
On Thursday 17th November at 7.30pm, Arisaig Hotel will be hosting a pop-up Swap Shop, where you are invited to bring at least one item of clothing with you and then leave with as many items as you like.  It is the perfect way to get your hands on completely free clothes and revamp your tired wardrobe.  Donations on the night will come directly to our refurbishment programme and any items of clothing that are left over will go straight to the Blythswood appeal.
Hopefully you’ll pick up a nice dress or shirt at the Swap Shop, which you’ll be able show off at ‘Hats, Gloves and Ties’ on the following Saturday 19th November.  Organised by the Friends of the Swimming Pool, a delicious afternoon tea will be served alongside music from 3pm in the Astley Hall, Arisaig.  All money raised will go to our refurbishment programme.  £3 for children and £6 for adults.
Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for more information throughout November.

With all this fundraising going on, we thought it would be a good idea to create a page on our website dedicated entirely to the refurbishment of the Leisure Centre.  The ‘Refurbishment Project’ page gives lots of information on how you can get involved and it’s also a great port of call for those of you who would like to keep up to date with fundraising & refurbishment progress over the coming months.

New event
With the Road to the Isles Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and Walk on the Wild Side looking to be more popular than ever in 2017, we thought it would be a great idea to create a brand new triathlon event in the area.  An Olympic Triathlon involves swimming for 1.5km, cycling for 40km and running for 10km in immediate succession.  It’s no mean feat, but these events are increasingly popular and there are currently only three Olympic Triathlons in Scotland each year.  We feel that this area would lend itself beautifully to such an event and we’ve been in touch with Triathlon Scotland to get more information.  There will be more details over the coming months.  All proceeds from the Triathlon will go towards our refurbishment!

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