Golden Day at The Quay Zone

Thursday 06 April

It wasn’t just the sun that was shining on Saturday, April 1st it was also the 5 Golden Tickets being presented to the winners of The Quay Zone’s special draw who had been invited to take an exclusive tour of the fabulous new leisure centre in Girvan.

The lucky winners were: Lauren Borland, Margaret Davidson, Lennox Neil, Dawn Parker and Ann Robertson and three of them came along on Saturday to collect their prize and hear all about The Quay Zone and what will be on offer when it opens later this month.

As well as the Golden Ticket Winners, Robert Whittington, winner of the naming competition which took place last year, was also invited to see his winning name now displayed in pride of place on the front of the new building.

Members of the board of Trustees of South Carrick Community Leisure (SCCL), the social enterprise who have worked long and hard for the creation of this facility in Girvan, in partnership with South Ayrshire Council, were also in attendance along with Peter Linton, Rodger Hunter and Clark Macsephney, the newly appointed centre managers and Helen Moreland who is assisting SCCL with marketing for the new facility.

After a warm welcome Trustee Eleanor McCarrey presented the winners with their Golden Tickets which invites them and three guests to spend the day at the Centre courtesy of The Quay Zone (TQZ).

The presentation was followed by a guided tour of the new facility starting with the long awaited Pool Zone. Here the winners couldn’t wait to test the sparkling water of the deck level pool, in its bright airy environment. They expressed praise for the efforts made to ensure that the changing village and pool itself are fitted with the latest equipment used at the Commonwealth Games and Paralympics to ensure the pool is accessible to everyone irrespective of age or physical ability.

Wandering round it was clear to see that the Centre is much more than the long awaited pool as also, on the ground floor next to the Café area sits a fantastic multi-level children’s soft Play Zone. Designed with an eye to Ailsa Craig, the adjacent harbour and its beautiful coastal location in mind, it provides a maze of routes, challenges, exhilaration and outright fun over four levels. For the less adventurous, younger members of the community, there’s a specially designed toddlers area with more gentle challenges and the ever popular ball pond to keep their attention.

After leaving the Café/Reception area it was a choice of lifts or stairs to take the group to the upper floor, which boasted amazing views from every window. Dual aspect windows in the soon to be equipped Gym Zone look out to the north and back to the harbour and town and far reaching views to the south can be seen from the Studio Zone, the group of winners thought it was just fantastic and they couldn’t wait to use it!

“I am absolutely delighted to have won. It looks amazing and I am looking forward to spending the day and trying it all out.” (A. Robertson, Barr Hill).

“It looks great, really promising and hopefully will inspire people back to the town. For the kids who have missed a generation of swimming it is spot on – looks great!” (L. Borland, Girvan)

“Really excited to have won and will be bringing the family to use the facilities. It is just stunning, second to none and when I am in Girvan I will definitely be using the space.” (D. Parker, Dalmellington)

With this fabulous response The Quay Zone staff can’t wait to open and welcome the whole of the South Carrick Community and beyond.

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