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Hundreds attend opening of Fraserburgh Community and Sports Centre

9th February 2013

Hundreds of people walked through the doors of the new Fraserburgh Community and Sports Centre for the first time today (Saturday 9 February 2013).

Aberdeenshire’s largest sports and community centre opened its doors to the public two months ahead of schedule.

Free activities were on offer to visitors to showcase the best of what the state-of-the-art facility has to offer.

The open day began with the first six swimmers taking to the competition-standard swimming pool. The swimmers, aged between 11 and 68, were all chosen for their love of swimming and dedication to the old Fraserburgh swimming pool.

Eleven-year-old Morgyn Lyn Brown, who won a competition to name the community-bought flume, was given the honour of being the first person to use the Ramsay Rapid.

Other areas were packed out with visitors trying out a range of activities, from table tennis and penalty shoot-outs in the sports hall, to dance performances, an IT drop-in session and music demonstrations in the other multi-purpose rooms.

The Fraserburgh Community and Sports Centre is the biggest facility of its kind in Aberdeenshire. Features include a 25m swimming pool and smaller learner pool; a flume; multi-use sports hall including gymnastic equipment; dance studio; training kitchen; two saunas and a steam room; a pop-up library and a number of multi-purpose rooms.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Director of Education, Learning and Leisure, Maria Walker, said: “After years in the planning and construction, it is great to see the Fraserburgh Community and Sports Centre up and running and open to the local people who helped to make the project possible.

“This state-of-the-art centre will showcase the best in leisure and community activities available in Aberdeenshire and will pave the way for other facilities of its kind in the coming years.”

Vice-chair of the Banff and Buchan Area Committee, Brian Topping, said: “This facility is something that the people of Fraserburgh, and the wider Banff and Buchan area, can be proud of.

“Working in partnership with other leisure and community facilities in Fraserburgh, the new centre will mean a wide choice of activities for local people.”

Just under £9 million is allocated for the project in the council’s Capital Plan alongside sportscotland lottery funding of £500,000.

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said: “This is a fabulous new facility for the Fraserburgh community, and it is wonderful to see it now open to the public thanks to the strong partnership between Aberdeenshire Council and sportscotland.

“sportscotland’s investment of £500,000 has helped create a modern, vibrant sports centre with an excellent six-lane championship swimming pool, sport and fitness suites, and a host of other community and learning facilities.

“It is vital that we maximise the opportunities for people to become involved in sport and physical activity, and this investment shows our commitment to help develop and support a world-class sporting system at all levels, which will inspire future generations to be the best they can be.”

Community fundraising by local group FISSH (Fraserburgh area Initiative for Swimming, Sport and Health) paid for a 40m internal flume, the only one of its kind in Aberdeenshire. They have also purchased additional inflatable equipment which will benefit user groups.

Doreen Mair, of FISSH, said: “The local community have done lots of fundraising to contribute to this fabulous new facility and it is great to see it finally opened to the public.

“The centre will be an iconic feature in the town and something which will draw people from far and wide into Fraserburgh.”

From today (Saturday) visitors can sign up for membership for the new centre, including Active Aberdeenshire membership which offers access to all Aberdeenshire Council leisure facilities.

Sports enthusiasts will be able to book facilities at the Fraserburgh Community and Sports Centre from tomorrow, using the phone number for the old swimming pool, 01346 518627.

The initial opening this weekend will be followed by an official launch in the coming months.

The cutting edge facility, built as part of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Capital Plan, replaces the existing swimming pool and community centre in Fraserburgh, the oldest in Aberdeenshire.

Facilities at the existing centre and swimming pool closed to the public on Wednesday 6 February in preparation for demolition.


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