Doors open on sports halls

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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