Alastair to head Sporsnis

New Sporsnis manager - Alasdair Dunlop
New Sporsnis manager - Alasdair Dunlop

SPORSNIS, the multi-facility community centre in Ness, has announced the appointment of a manager – former Head of PE at The Nicolson Institute and well known athlete Alastair Dunlop. 

Alastair who played for Ness FC for many years won many pieces of silverware with the team, including a 1984 Highland Amateur Cup winner’s medal: the first Western Isles team to have won the trophy. 

Since taking up running in the ‘80s Alastair has won a host of titles across the world stage including two World champs titles at 800 and 1500m. He holds many Scottish and British and has never been beaten in thirty-three Scottish Championships.

Commenting on his appointment, Alastair said: “I am delighted to take up the post, this is the ideal job for me where I can continue in a lifetime of sport.  “In sporting terms I believe we have a good team to build on what has already been achieved in a relatively short time.”

As well as announcing the appointment of a new manager, Sporsnis has also announced new extended opening hours – the centre will now be open Monday to Saturday 9.00am till 10.00pm – as well as a huge reduction in its membership rates. 

The new extended hours will enable locals and visitors from outwith the Ness area to use the facilities in the evening and the membership rates have been reduced in an effort to attract more members.

Monthly membership, giving unlimited use of the fitness suite, will now cost just £11.00 a month.

Calum Iain Macleod, Sporsnis Chairman said: “Sporsnis is a busy place and with the demand, particularly for the 10-pin bowling, ever growing we owed it to our staff, volunteers and users to appoint a manager to oversee the operation. 

“We are delighted to have found someone of Alastair’s calibre for that position.  Alastair has many years of experience in sports and community work and has also many years of management under his belt, having been head of department at The Nicolson Institute. 

“We hope the new extended opening hours and the reduction in the membership rates will encourage further use of Sporsnis.  We wish Alastair, the staff and the volunteers all the very best as we enter a new chapter in the Sporsnis story,” he added.

Sporsnis, which was recently presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, has up until now, been run by the Committee, part-time assistants and a team of volunteers. 

Sporsnis was established in 1995 as a voluntary organisation, to explore options for building a multi-purpose community facility in Ness. 

Following a community appraisal and many years of fundraising, the £2million plus facility was opened to the public in 2008 and includes an 18 x 27 metre multi-purpose hall, a ten-pin bowling area, fitness suite and sauna, child care and play facilities and community learning and resource areas.

Sporsnis also produces and publishes Fios, the north of Lewis fortnightly newspaper. 

For any further information, please contact Calum Iain Macleod, Sporsnis Chairman at 01851 701802 or calumiain@cnag.org.uk