Steven Munro, Kirsty Baird and Karen Pickard of Lewis Sports Centre with Callum Ian Macmillan, Lews Castle College.
Finding your ideal way to get fit has just become easier with the publication of the updated Lewis and Harris Sports & Leisure Directory – listing all the sports and recreation clubs, and their contact details, available on the islands.
The publication of the glossy 16-page Directory came about following a need identified by the Lewis and Harris Sports Council, and was sponsored by Lews Castle College UHI.
“The purpose of creating the Directory is to enable people to find sports facilities and other useful details of clubs and organisation in Lewis and Harris with promote sport and leisure activities,” said Callum Iain Macmillan, Lews Castle College UHI.
“The benefit to the clubs and sports centres should be that participation should be increased. If it isn’t – it won’t be for lack of contact information!”
“One good example of what is possible was our French Engineering students who made contact and played for the Stornoway Rugby Team; one of them was voted ‘Player of the Year’.
“And now every new student to the Lews Castle College UHI will receive a Directory when they arrive to study. It’s one of the best things I’ve worked on and I’m passionate about now making it as effective as possible.”
To be effective, a total of 3,000 Directories have been printed and by September will be distributed in a wide range of outlets throughout Lewis and Harris – including sports centres, schools, GP and dental surgeries, island ferry terminals and airports, hotels and B&Bs, social clubs, coffee shops, bars and hairdressers.
A real collaborative effort, alongside the support of Lews Castle College UHI (which provided funding to cover printing costs), the Directory was produced by Education & Children Services (Sport & Health) Department; the Sports Development Service of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar; Lewis and Harris Sports Council, and NHS Western Isles.
Featuring more than 40 different sports and activities, listing everything from ten-pin bowling to shinty, Tai Chi to tennis, dance to angling, the Directory information and club contact details are also available online at www.cne-siar.gov.uk/media/7833/sportsdirectory.pdf
And Steven Munro, Sport & Health Department at CnES, urged clubs and organisations to keep the Directory team updated with any changes to club members or contact detail changes.
“The Directory really is a one stop shop for all,” he said. “And now we have the information both online and in print which is great.
“We would urge people to keep us up to date on any changes to their club members or contacts though – we can always make updates to our online information at any time.
“And is there are any new groups or clubs that we may have missed, please do get in touch to give us your details and we can add your club into the Directory also.”