MACBI appoint new centre manager

Mintlaw and Central Buchan Initiative (MACBI) have appointed a manager to run the new Sport and Community Centre in Mintlaw.

Michael Watson, from Hatton, has startedin post and will initially be based at the Maud Area Office for the next couple of months.

MACBI chairman and councillor Norman Smith, manager Michael Watson and director John Pascoe

MACBI chairman and councillor Norman Smith, manager Michael Watson and director John Pascoe

Michael brings a wealth of sport and leisure experience, having managed leisure facilities and been involved in coaching and instructing over a 17 year period.

Commenting on his new role, Michael said he looks forward to taking the MACBI project forward: “As a local person, I am delighted to have been successful in being recruited to be the MACBI Centre manager.

“It is an exciting project to be involved in and I look forward to recruiting other members of staff, getting the equipment into the building and getting a range of programmes worked up.”

MACBI chairman, councillor Norman Smith, said: “With over 250 people attending our open day in October, we have great feedback on what the community are looking for from the centre.

“In Michael we have an enthusiastic and experienced manager who will take the feedback forward into delivery.”

Cllr Smith added: “The building is coming along and work is within target so we will hopefully get it handed over to us at the end of January, and we will work to get it up and running in March.”

An early priority for Michael will be to promote MACBI’s gift vouchers which can be purchased directly by contacting 01771 613666.

Vouchers can be used against activity time or room hire in the new centre when it opens.