A community leisure company in the west Highlands has been marking its 20th anniversary with a series of events. Atlantis Leisure, owned and operated by the local community, is celebrating 20 years at the heart of Oban.
The Oban and Lorn Community Enterprise Company, trading as Atlantis Leisure, was established in September 1992 with the purpose to provide sports and leisure facilities and services for Oban and the surrounding areas.
In October 1992, the company took over the management of the Oban Swimming Pool from Argyll and Bute Council. Since this time, the facility has been transformed and now boasts a range of exciting services and facilities. The centre acts as a social and leisure hub for community groups, locals and visitors to the area.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has supported the group for many years and is continuing to do so with assistance towards employing a graduate through the TalentScotland Graduate Placement Scheme. The graduate, Claire Hutcheson, organised a range of events throughout September to celebrate "20 Years of Atlantis", including the Olantis Torch Relay, held the day after the Olympic Opening Ceremony, which included over 100 'Torchbearers' from local community groups. An activity was held each day involving local people, groups and funding partners.
Other developments undertaken by Atlantis have already resulted in increased use of the facilities. Lost City of Atlantis and Climb Zone - a soft play area and climbing wall - have been open for over a year now and are generating significant additional income for Atlantis. The gym has also been refurbished and a group cycle studio added.
Community Energy Scotland, through their contract with HIE, provided advice and assistance towards a renewable energy and energy efficiency study which resulted in Atlantis recently installing a biomass and heat recovery system which has seen a dramatic saving in fuel bills and reduction in CO2 emissions.
Douglas Cowan from HIE said: "We are delighted to congratulate Atlantis Leisure on a successful 20 years in operation. We have a long history of working alongside the company and supporting them with their plans. This extends from a grant of £27,630 towards the Lost City of Atlantis and Climb Zone, advice and assistance towards developing a marketing strategy resulting in Atlantis now using social media as a marketing tool and sourcing funding for the biomass and heat recovery system, back to funding in 1996 towards the development and upgrade of the Centre.
The business is a real success story for the community and we look forward to working alongside them for a number of years to come."
Other events and activities over the 20 days included Alf's Motor Bike Rally, Family Fun Day, Laser quest, Racketathon, Pink Aerobics, Kerrara to Oban Outdoor Swim, a range of 'have a go' sessions, Athletics record breaks and a Climbing Coaching Weekend.