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Atlantis Leisure, Oban

3.9
#5 of 10 in Fun & Games in Argyll and Bute
Atlantis Community Leisure is run as a social enterprise and is a registered charity. This means that any profits made, are re-invested into the business to make continuing improvements in the centre and to put staff through training.

Facilities include:

25m swimming pool with flume and trainer pool,

3 storey soft play

6 court sports hall

5 tennis courts

2 squash courts

40 station Technogym

Dance studio with over 60 classes a week

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Climb cube bouldering wall

Cafe

Sauna

Function room

Wheelchair access and WC

Pool disabled hoist

Baby changing

Free parking

The story of Atlantis is the story of real community spirit in action. It's a story of a community, which pulled together to raise millions through its own efforts, to give the town of Oban a sports centre it could be proud of.

Behind the massive efforts of fundraising and generosity from the Oban public and the town's businesses, a small group of dedicated individuals devoted themselves to getting the Atlantis Leisure project up and running. These ten directors came together to form the Oban and Lorn Community Enterprise Company Limited. Negotiations with the council were concluded and the company took over the swimming pool on the 1st of October 1992.

Within a year the Atlantis Leisure Fund (ALF) was at a total of £335,000, a significant part of the funding coming from North British Trust hotels as well as local fund raising including the buy a brick campaign. The National Lottery donated over a million pounds to the project to get it off the ground.

The name Atlantis Leisure came from a pupil at Oban High School who won a competition run in primary and secondary schools to come up with a name and a company logo. Seventeen year old Deirdre Anderson came up with the name 'Atlantis Leisure' and in recognition of that she was invited to accept the keys at the official handover from Willie Young, Argyll and Bute's director of leisure at the time.

A year on year programme was devised which in turn contributed to the success of our organisation. The 'vision' was to take the pool as it existed and build a sports hall in the gap site, to extend the children's play area, build a floodlit outdoor pitch and to modernise the remaining facilities.

In 1998 a new six-court sports hall, café, gym and health suit opened its doors. Since then there has been constant improvements not only within the building but also to the numbers of activities provided. Further building upgrades have included an all weather 5-a-side pitch, three level soft play and climb cube as well as pool plant upgrade and a new bio-mass boiler behind the scenes. At present the centre is heavily fund raising for a new play park and an upgrade on outside facilities. Have a look at our timeline to see everything thats been happening over the last twenty years!
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  • We went here because we wanted to go somewhere or 20 month old daughter could play, this was recommended to us. And now we know why. The soft play area is amazing for kids her age (and dads my age ). ...  more »
  • Came here one wet afternoon for a swim, ended up staying until they closed. Great pool, clean changing rooms, excellent cafe. Kids loved the soft play and 9 year old had a great time on the climbing w...  more »
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  • Lovely place. My boys aged 11 and 13 used the swimming facilities. Reasonably priced. Girl on desk was welcoming and informative. Not much in the way of slides and stuff, but a good selection of floats to play with. However, I noticed the lifeguard was fully clothed in suit trousers, shirt and brogues. I'm thankful there was no emergency which required the lifeguard to undress his formal clothing and untie his brogues in order to enter the water to save a life. Cafe was spot on, staff were lovely and the soup was tasty and reasonably priced.
  • Very well equipped. Didn't know it was there but will definitely go back. I know my daughter will love it. Beautiful building, ample parking.
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