Galleon Centre

(Galleon Sports Centre)

A sports complex on Titchfield Street in Kilmarnock (East Ayrshire), the Galleon Centre backs onto the Kilmarnock Water a quarter-mile (0.5 km) south of the town centre. It incorporates a 25-m six-lane swimming pool, teaching pool, ice rink, indoor carpet bowling hall, two sports halls, squash courts, a sauna/solarium suite, a fitness room, two bars and catering outlets. The ice rink supports curling, figure skating, recreational skating and ice hockey. The Centre opened in 1987 and takes its name from the Gallion Burn, which once flowed through the site, but became the more recognisable Galleon, with a ship as its logo.

It is run by the Kilmarnock Leisure Centre Trust, a charitable trust created by the former Kilmarnock & Loudoun District Council to enable the £4.5 million cost of building the facility to be borrowed commercially. The Galleon Centre replaced the former Kilmarnock Baths, which opened in 1940 and was located on the opposite side of Titchfield Street. Today, the Trust provides services on behalf of East Ayrshire Council and the intention is to merge with the East Ayrshire Leisure Trust which manages East Ayrshire's other leisure services. The Galleon Centre attracts over 800,000 users annually and employs 160 staff (2016).

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