Craig MacLean Leisure Centre celebrates first anniversary

To celebrate the first anniversary of the opening of the Craig MacLean Leisure Centre in Grantown on Spey, a Health and Fitness Fayre has been organised for Saturday 30th August from 11am to 3pm.

The aim of the fayre is to promote healthy and active lifestyles while celebrating the centre’s first anniversary. The event has been planned as a gift to the community in conjunction with health centre practice manager Cathy Cockman and alternative therapist Ann Halliday. Tickets are free to all High Life inclusive members. Admission for non High Life members costs £1 concession, £2 adult, and £6 for a family. All ticket proceeds go to Macmillan cancer research.

There will be a host of health and fitness activities for the whole family. Participants can come and try alternative health therapies, fitness training, and weight management workshops with a complimentary pedometer, sports activities and fun activities.

Local primary school children will be competing in mini Olympics coached by local athletics coach Colin Hutt. All competitors will receive a medal and the top scoring athlete from each age group will receive a goodie bag

There will be an array of alternative therapies to try including massage, lymphatic drainage, Indian head massage, reflexology, physiotherapy, remedial sports therapy
Smoking cessation and alcohol and drug awareness.

Highland Council Facilities Manager, Donna Reilly said: “The Centre has gone from strength to strength over its first year of operation. The dual use facility is now open full time maximising community use. Over 50’s activities and parent and toddler time has been added to the programme and the swimming pool is popular early morning and lunchtimes.

“Building on this success, we are launching, this week, the Scottish swimming learn to swim scheme. Swimming lessons are free as part of inclusive High Life membership.”

“On Saturday, First club junior golf sessions will be coached by local professionals Christopher Campbell and Duncan Stewart; Brazilian soccer skills will be coached by Strathspey Thistle’s Euan Donaldson and beat the goalie is being organised by Inverness Caley Thistle’s youth development officer Gordon Nicholson, with a mitre match football up for grabs. Wolftrax will have a mountain bike skills trial and you can make a splash at the aqua disco then grab a burger at the beach barbeque. For younger children there will be a soft play area, bouncy castle, team GB Olympic face painting and flag making.”

CFS Catering Chef Carl Stewart will have health cookery demonstrations and fruit smoothie making throughout the day. An NHS dietician will be on hand for advice and Health Promotions Officer Jean Macleod will be offering body composition analysis and healthy lifestyle advice.

Competitive adults can take part in an Olympic rowing competition and sports injury prevention stretching workshop. Free personal training programmes will been on offer in the gym by the centre fitness instructors and master spin instructor Barry Ross will host a race day with a complimentary towel and water bottle for each participant, and the opportunity to pedal their way to win a prize of a heart rate monitor.

The Royal Life Saving Society save a baby’s life first aid course will be run from 11am – 1pm.

Tickets for the Health and Fitness Fayre are available from the Craig MacLean Leisure Centre.

25 Aug 2008