The Quay To Community Health

The impact of a £250,000- grant to South Carrick Community Leisure to build a community leisure facility in the heart of Girvan.

Carrick Futures pledged £250,000 in 2014 to the community-led project to build a completely new leisure Centre and pool at the heart of Girvan’s historic harbour. The project finished within its 62-week build schedule and opened to the public as The Quay Zone in April 2017.

Owned and operated by South Carrick Community Leisure (SCCL), the facility has rapidly become the heart of the local community, offering swimming lessons to almost 300 local children, gym and fitness classes to around 500 members and leisure activities and a café to the 100,000 visitors who come through its door every year.

Peter Linton, who manages the centre said, “The grant allowed SCCL to play a full part in funding the construction of The Quay Zone. Without it, there was a good chance the project would not have been able to proceed or the building would not have been possible in its final format.”

Since its grand opening, the group has worked with other community organisations and funders to respond to the ongoing needs of the community, including investing in additional fitness equipment, offering training programmes for young people not in education or employment, offering an arts venue for musicians and touring theatrical performances and developing a bird-watching area with the RSPB to take advantage of the venue’s café over-looking Ailsa Craig.