Leisure Centre staff take part in major training push

Recently-appointed manager Margaret Watt (centre) with some of the staff of Fraserburgh Leisure Centre.
Recently-appointed manager Margaret Watt (centre) with some of the staff of Fraserburgh Leisure Centre.

Staff at the Leisure Centre in Fraserburgh has undertaken a major programme of training following the appointment of new management.

Margaret Watt took over as manager of facility in May, having previously held the position in the 1990s.

Appointed at the same time was Ritchie James Duthie, who has been promoted from the catering side of the centre.

As part of the shake-up, staff at the community facility have undertaken a number of training courses.

Most recently, 12 members of staff took part in two days of first aid and fire and safety training at the centre.

Bar, restaurant, bowling and kitchen staff have taken part in the training, meaning there will always be someone available in each department to attend to an emergency.

Staff training at the centre is still ongoing.

Other changes which have taken place at the Leisure Centre include the popular Sunday carvery which has moved to Sunday nights from 5pm to 7pm as well as Sunday lunch times from 12noon to 2pm. Dinner is served after 7pm on Sundays.

This week marks start of the bowling season at the Leisure Centre, with a Cheese and Wine Night being held there from 7pm on Friday, September 12 (tomorrow).

And, there is also going to be Junior Coaching at the centre, led by Marc Thomson, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm on Tuesdays.

Commenting, Margaret Watt said: “We went under new management in May.

“Going forward, staff training is a big thing for me. We went back to basics.

“We’ve done a lot of training so far: first aid; defibrillator training; fire, health and safety training; chemical and house-keeping training; and personal bar training.

“We’ve spent a lot of time on it and it’s paying off dividends as far as I can see. We’re pulling together as a team.

“We’re particularly looking forward to Christmas - our party nights are booking up fast.”

The coming weeks and months will be a particularly important time as the centre celebrates its 25th anniversary on February 3, 2015.

A host of events is being lined up to mark the occasion, starting on September 28 when local bowls players will take on representatives from the Scottish Indoor Bowling Association.

The Leisure Centre will be hosting a number of major bowling events over the coming year, including the Finals Weekend; the Ladies’ and Gents’ Singles; the Junior Ladies and Junior Gents; and the Ladies’ and the Gents’ Two-Bowl Pair Finals.

Then, on April 25 there will be a special Anniversary Ball.

Look out for coverage of the Leisure Centre’s anniversary celebration events over the coming months in the Fraserburgh Herald.