On the 18 August 1998, Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, conducted the official opening of McLaren Leisure. On this day – and throughout the summer – the centre has been celebrating 20 years of providing sport and leisure facilities in Callander.
The Trossachs Summer Festival took place on 28 July 2018, with a Ceilidh in the evening. Despite a few showers, a great day was had by all, with activities including hockey, football, athletics, yoga, circus skills, swimming, face painting, Ninja Trials, cycling activities as part of the Big Bike Revival, performances from the Callander Pipe Band, Campbell’s School of Highland Dancers, live music from Dunblane’s Leo McArdle, as well as a mini Highland Games and a whole host of other fun family activities.
Chairperson of the Board of Directors, David Moore, says: “We are very proud of the sport and leisure facilities and services which we provide to our community of Callander, the Trossachs and Teith. It is quite some achievement to have been running these for 20 years and we are looking forward to doing so for a further 20 years – and beyond!”
“The Scottish Government has recognised the importance of sport and leisure activities in changing people’s lives in a positive way. We provide opportunities for our rural population of all ages and abilities to participate in sport and physical activity, improving their health and wellbeing. We also aid the development of people’s skills to participate and compete in various sports and clubs, including swimming, climbing, hockey, football, athletics and kids camps.”
Centre Manager, Trish Thompson, continues: “We are led by our community, for our community and work hard to make it a stronger, healthier and better place to live. Our core values are about displaying a positive and welcoming approach; ensuring inclusivity across all our services and facilities; focusing on wellbeing and promoting a healthy lifestyle; and working in partnership with the community and other organisations.
“As a social enterprise, we reinvest all of our income into the centre, contributing to the local economy and providing 30 local jobs and additional Modern Apprenticeships. Please join us in celebrating our 20th birthday year by paying us a visit very soon”.