We continue to experience access problems with our on-line booking system. Unfortunately due to circumstances out with our control, we currently have very limited broadband capacity which is severely impeding our on-line booking performance. In the forthcoming months the I.C.T Hub of the organisation will be moving to Kilwinning at which time we will have greatly improved broadband capacity and all problems with the on-line booking system should be resolved. It is unlikely that we will be able to rectify the on-line booking problem until that point. The connection issues are less severe between 10am – 4.30pm, although not ideal we recommend our customers attempt to use the system at these times.
Once again we apologise for the inconvenience caused and thank you again for your continued patience with this problem.
Health Commitment Statement
We are transferring from the traditional Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) to the Health Commitment Statement (HSC).
The HCS is the evolution of the PAR-Q, which has existed for the past 15 years. The HCS reflects government policy and legal trends, which aim to shift responsibility for personal health from the operator to the user. UK Active, the fitness governing body, is taking the lead in allowing operators to be more accessible while facilitating a better working relationship between fitness and medical sectors in the community.
The HCS has been developed by Fitness Industry operators, medico-legal professionals and health providers to support the evolving requirements of users and operators. This has also provided an opportunity to align the HCS to the skills and expertise of fitness professionals established through REP’s.All members, users and customers are asked to read the HCS. The HCS will be displayed in various locations within all our venues and can be provided on request. A copy is also available here.
Irvine’s new Leisure Centre - coming soon!
THE eagerly-anticipated opening of ‘The Portal’ - Irvine’s new Leisure, Cultural and Community Centre - has been confirmed for early 2017.
There will be a phased and measured closure of the Magnum to minimise disruption to KA Leisure members and the public.
The Magnum will close to the public on Friday 30 December but fitness activity for KA Leisure members only will continue there until Thursday 26 January, as will the ‘Learn to Swim’ swimming lesson programme.
Meanwhile, football and some indoor sports will be transferred to Greenwood Campus and Almswall Park during this period where possible. (December 30 to January 26).
While there will be no public swimming at the Magnum from December 30, casual swimmers will be able to use any other KA Leisure pool free of charge during this period.
Vouchers for these free sessions will be given out to casual swimmers at the Magnum pool between Thursday 1 December and Friday 30 December and the vouchers will be valid from Tuesday 3 January until Thursday 26 January 2017. (T & C’s apply)
KA Leisure staff will undergo extensive training at The Portal to help them familiarise themselves with the brand new leisure and cultural centre which will include:
- A 25m x 6 lane swimming pool and a teaching/warm up pool with changing facilities and spectator seating
- A six court multi-use sports hall for all indoor sports
- Community facilities
- Fitness suite and multi-use studios
- The historic Town House
- Cultural and tourist information including local places of interest, heritage trails, festivals and event.
- Information on genealogy, local and family history
- A venue for wedding ceremonies, civic functions, artists in residence, exhibitions and performances.
Robust testing will be carried out at the new centre and systems will be put in place to ensure it is fully operational for when it opens to the public.
A programme of gym and fitness inductions for current KA Leisure members will be held at the Portal before the public opening.
The cultural element of the new centre will be contained in the adjoining Townhouse, which has also undergone major refurbishment work in recent months.
Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “These are really exciting times for Irvine and we hope that these arrangements will allow for a smooth transition for staff, KA Leisure members and, of course, the general public.
“The perfect scenario would have been to close the Magnum one day and open the Portal the next day, but this was simply not achievable due to the scale of both operations – including the need for staff training and testing of new systems etc.
“What this approach will do is give us time for training and familiarisation to ensure this amazing new facility is ready for its opening and flourishes from Day One.
“We are sure it will prove hugely popular. It is a stunning facility that we are all incredibly proud of. We can’t wait to share it with everyone.”
The Cabinet members will also be asked to approve plans for the Garnock Swimming Pool and Leisure Suite to close on Friday December 16 to help facilitate the move to the new Garnock Community Campus.
The new £40 million joint school, community and leisure campus will open early in the new year and will serve the Garnock Valley’s three main towns - Kilbirnie, Beith and Dalry - bringing together pupils who currently attend Garnock Academy, Glengarnock Primary School and Glengarnock Early Years Centre.
The new state-of-the-art Garnock Campus is due to be completed by December 2016 and KA Leisure will run a high quality six-lane swimming pool leisure facility to replace the Garnock Pool as well as a synthetic pitch suitable for rugby and football.
The leisure part of the new development is opening soon.
KA Leisure wins gold at diamond RoSPA Awards
KA Leisure has been successful in the 60th year of the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2016.
The organisation, which runs all leisure-based facilities on behalf of North Ayrshire Council, achieved the Gold award in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
Alex Murray, KA Leisure's Health & Safety Co-ordinator was presented with the award during a recent ceremony at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow, as the event marked its diamond anniversary.
The RoSPA Awards is celebrating 60 years of presenting highly-regarded and sought after accolades to businesses and organisations which have shown commitment to accident and ill-health prevention.
Through the scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.
Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, said: “To win an award at such a highly-regarded event as the RoSPA Awards is a great achievement for our winners. It recognises their commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record and raises the bar for other organisations to aspire to.
“This year was doubly special for our winners as their achievements were recognised as the RoSPA Awards celebrated its diamond anniversary, which is a ringing endorsement of the thousands of businesses and organisations that have committed to continuous improvement in accident and ill-health prevention.”
Alex Murray said: “We are proud of our record in promoting health and safety in all the sports and leisure venues we run in North Ayrshire and this award is testament to the dedication of staff to maintaining the highest H&S standards.”
The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold medals, president’s awards and orders of distinction are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years.
Headline sponsors of the RoSPA Awards 2016 is NEBOSH - the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health - for the 11th consecutive year.
For more information about the RoSPA Awards visit www.rospa.com/awards
Image: Alex Murray (left) receives KA Leisure's Gold Award from RoSPA's Errol Taylor.