Keep Catrine Games Hall Open!

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Where do the values from East Ayrshire Leisure’s own Business Plan (stated at the bottom) fit into their plans for the village of Catrine? A village with a population of 2,236 which attracts over 20,000 visitors per year to its Games Hall. The Games Hall has been a focal point for the Community for the last 25 years. There are regular groups and classes who meet weekly at the Games Hall.
These include the “Mix n Matches” a group for adults with learning disabilities to participate in football with no bias towards their ability. The “KG*Dance” group meets there twice a week with around 140 young girls from 2-17 years old attending the classes twice a week. The local dance school started out in Catrine 3 years ago, where classes started out with minimum numbers of kids. It is now a booming success with kids from all surrounding villages Mauchline, Auchinleck, Cumnock, Logan & of course, classes are mainly made up of local kids from Catrine - who mostly walk to classes with the Games Hall being so local! Even the mums come along and enjoy the chance for a wee social blether in the reception area while the girls and boys dance in class. There are regular “Spin Bike” classes on Mondays and Wednesdays. There is a “Badminton Coaching” class which successfully targets secondary school pupils. The “Mad Fab” youth club on Friday nights for Primary School children attracts 60 kids each week who enjoy arts and crafts, football, bouncy castle and other games. Vibrant Communities use the hall for an “All Ability Sports” session each week again for adults with learning disabilities. A “Mothers and Toddlers” group also meet once a week and enjoy soft play and the Bouncy Castle. Football is popular at Catrine with friends meeting up for a game of 5-a-sides and youth football teams booking the hall for training. The Squash court is the only one still in use within EA Leisure’s facilities and again is a popular booking among customers. The hall is extremely popular for “Children’s Birthday Parties” with regular bookings each month. Even the small gym has its regulars, including older members who have used it for years.

Catrine is a small and vibrant community but it’s also a disadvantaged Community with a lack of opportunities for its residents. East Ayrshire Leisure’s plans to close the Games Hall will have an immediate and detrimental effect on the people. Each one of these classes & activities will be forced to close down or find a let elsewhere, which is extremely difficult in such a deprived area. While East Ayrshire Mission Statement states “To provide and support high quality, innovative, cultural, sports, countryside and community services for the benefit of East Ayrshire residents and visitors to the area, which meets the council’s social, cultural, environmental and economic objectives”?

The Leisure Trust made a profit in their Annual accounts published in March 2016 of £262, 145. So why are they closing a facility which is at the heart of a community and provides the services they seek to provide in their mission statement. It meets the targets set in their strategic objectives. In this period of economic downturn, to be able to show a profit while delivering a range of quality services that care for individuals and help communities to live better lives should be applauded.
But without a doubt, if they go ahead to close Catrine Games Hall it will have a damaging impact on the mental and physical health of this small community.

Please sign our petition to STOP East Ayrshire Leisure closing down this amazing Games Hall. Not only for the entire communities sake but most importantly - for our local kids. We need somewhere for our kids to go and have the opportunity to be ACTIVE! Whether that is through dance, football, badminton or mad fab... if they take this away, local kids will be left with nothing to do. It would have such a huge impact on the community & we are asking for your support! 

Thank you :)

*EA Leisure Business Plan 2016-2019*

Extracts from the Plan
• ACTION: Increase Customer Satisfaction levels
OUTCOME: Enhanced reputation and repeat visits to/usage of our facilities/services
• ACTION: Increase general participation /attendance levels across service areas
OUTCOME: Participatory programmes provide positive mental and physical wellbeing
• ACTION: Increase opportunities for/numbers of young people (12-25) using our services.
OUTCOME: Programmes provide positive mental and physical wellbeing outcomes.
Young people become more active participants/ visitors to/users of East Ayrshire Leisure
• ACTION: Maximise access to our facilities and programmes for people with physical, sensory or learning disabilities.
OUTCOME: Increase opportunities for people with physical, sensory or learning disabilities to
participate in programmes and/or to visit our venues/become more active

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