Doors open on sports halls
COMMUNITY groups in Lochaber will soon have four new sports and recreation halls at their disposal, dubbed ‘ wonderful news’ after one of the wettest summers in memory.
Bun- Sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abar, the new Gaelic school and the first of four new builds in Fort William, will open later this month, including indoor and outdoor sports areas for the whole community.
Lundavra primary school in Upper Achintore is to open in October and the Caol campus, including Caol primary, St Columba’s RC and Caol community centre, will be ready by August next year.
Highland council announced this week that the new facilities will be available for out- of-hours use by sports clubs after concerns the gates would be locked after 3pm and during holidays.
Jane Blanchard, chairwoman of Lochaber sports association (LSA) was ‘ delighted’ at the decision as current facilities in the area are often fully booked in bad weather.
She added: ‘I’m delighted about this. These new facilities will serve sport and community groups who are desperate for more good quality training facilities.’
LSA is currently waiting a funding decision which, if granted by Highland council, will allow them to build another multi-use indoor facility in the town. Councillor Thomas MacLennan, leader of Lochaber area committee, also welcomed the news: ‘It is pleasing to see these new developments coming to fruition.
‘The new schools and associated community facilities at the heart of the community will be a tremendous boost to the area. Everyone will benefit from the fact that these are open and available to all outwith school hours.’
Bun- Sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abar, the first Gaelic- only school in Fort William, will open to pupils on Wednesday August 19.
Facilities can be booked by contacting the headteacher at each school.