Community / Brae leisure centre marks 20-year milestone

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THE NORTH Mainland Leisure Centre in Brae is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its upgrade from a pool to a leisure centre tomorrow (Saturday) with a day of free activities, tours, taster sessions and social events.

Centre manager Graham Framer said: “We’ve got a packed day of activities showcasing all the indoor, outdoor and pool activities that we offer for all ages and abilities but we’re also using it as on opportunity to try to find out what folk would like to see in the future.”

The centre is operated by Shetland Recreational Trust and its chief executive Steven Laidlaw said Saturday marks an “important milestone”.

He added that Farmer and the team there are “dedicated to constantly improving on our services and really need further public input to do this properly, so please come and join us for some fun and conversation on the day”.


As such an informal ‘have your say’ session will be held in the squash court – alongside tea and homebakes – from 10am to 12pm.

“We always have our customer suggestion box available and are happy to take comments and suggestions any time but we wanted to offer a dedicated time for this to happen and one which we hope will be relaxed and sociable,” Farmer added.

Meanwhile all activities on offer tomorrow are free and do not require booking.

The centre will be open at 8.30am for the first free class, a fifteen-minute taster of circuits, before half an hour of aqua-aerobics at 9am and the first outing of a new beginners walk group at 9.30am.

In the pool there are also family sessions and the opportunity to try to make it along the full length of the giant inflatable.

Photo: SRT

Crazy golf is available all day long while on the outdoor pitch there is football, hockey, games and Zorb balls.

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The ever-popular bouncy castle and soft play is also on offer in the afternoon.

Farmer added: “The taster classes on offer are designed to give you a chance to try out our most popular classes without the worry that you have to stay for a full-length one.

“As well as the taster classes there is an hour where we can help you with swimming tips and advice and a brand new walk group which is aimed at beginners.

“The day is also a chance to meet our staff and get tours of the building or specific areas such as the gym.”

There will also be information at hand about classes run in partnership with the NHS. These are not advertised as part of the normal timetable as referral is through the NHS.

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