Behind the Scenes at Atlantis Leisure, Oban

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What a magical time of year. This is when we really have to pinch ourselves about where we live.

The weather is changeable but the simple pleasure of going for a walk in daylight at 10pm and staring out at beautiful scenery takes some beating.

Read on to find out the latest news from Atlantis.

Atlantis in the community – making a difference beyond the centre

One of the great joys of Atlantis being community-run is the way that allows us to help other clubs and groups.

One of these is Oban Tennis and Squash Club which we’ve worked alongside for many years.

In the past month, we welcomed a new committee to help lead the club into their next chapter. In the short-term, that includes celebrating the 50th anniversary of West Highland Tennis Week in July.

With a packed programme of competition and a warm reception at social events, the event attracts players from all across the country and even the world.

This year, the tournament is set to welcome a group of American players joining from the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in Texas. Follow West Highland’s news and updates online to find out how you can get involved during the event.

Trial Sunday opening – Atlantis needs your help

One of the last remaining impacts of the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions at Atlantis Leisure has been the centre’s continued closure on Sundays.

We’re happy to announce the team is now in a position to experiment with Sunday opening. Starting from July 3, we are trialling a return to seven day opening for seven weeks.

All we are asking is that if you are likely to use Atlantis on a Sunday, that you do so during this trial period if you can. This will help us assess whether Sunday opening is viable.

Like you, we have other challenges on the horizon, especially the increase in energy charges, so this is a decision we will have to consider carefully.

From July 3 to August 14, all Atlantis Leisure facilities, with the exception of the café will be open seven days a week. The different opening times for each day are available on our website. Café Atlantis is unable to open on Sundays as a result of staff shortages. The café team is currently welcoming applications to help address this.

Now is the time to vote with your feet and make sure your community centre remains open.

Centre Life – maintenance

Next on our schedule of priority planned works is the replacement of parts in our antiquated air handling system. Ongoing works to improve the efficiency of our building are an important part of how we transition Atlantis towards a greener future.

Getting the pool plant’s energy use right is one area of the building that can make a hugely positive impact on our consumption.

These latest works have been added to our list of planned maintenance projects and join other upgrades in our plant room including improvements to our biomass system.

Summer fun

The Atlantis Summer Holiday Programme is back. For the first time in three years, we have activities and fun for young people. Keep an eye online for more information coming soon.

Cost of living crisis – how Atlantis is helping you

As the cost of living crisis continues to escalate, we’ve been assessing ways in which Atlantis needs to react to support the community through these difficult times.

That’s why we’re launching two new memberships for junior swimming and soft play in the coming months. The new memberships help to make it as cost effective and beneficial as possible for young people to continue benefiting from Atlantis.

Staff news – the team behind the action

We had a wonderful Atlantis evening celebrating Paul Lopez’s 40th birthday with lots of family, friends and the extended Atlantis community around the barbecue. Paul has worked at Atlantis for 22 of his 40 years and we’re so grateful for his dedicated service and cheery smile. Happy birthday Paul.

Craig MacCorquodale leaves us this summer to head back out to the States. We wish Craig all the best for his next stint with Camp America.

Two changes to the staff team completed our new sports hub this month. Emma D’Arcy took up her new role as swimming development officer and Kevin Keen took up his new role as PlaySport development officer. The hub’s primary role will be to ensure Atlantis continues to deliver high quality coaching experiences for young people by rebuilding and training the wider Atlantis team.

A warm Atlantis welcome to Kieran McLarty who joins us straight from Oban High School, starting his training as a leisure attendant and pool lifeguard. Kieran will be helping deliver our Sunday opening trial. Working closely with Oban High School and employing local young people has long been a hallmark of Atlantis’ contribution to the community.

And it’s a warm welcome back to Atlantis to Ella MacKechnie as she returns to her role as leisure attendant and swimming coach for the university holidays. Ella’s been away from the business for two years and it’s great to have her back.