Foxlake Adventures at Dunbar, Scotland’s only cable wakeboarding park, has launched a second cable tow as the business looks to capitalise on strong visitor numbers and the growing popularity of wakeboarding as a sport.
Since opening in 2012, the park has welcomed over 3000 visitors and hosted several high profile cable wakeboarding events. The park has proved hugely popular with young people as well as being visited by the GB snowboarding and freeski teams for training.
The new tow is part of a wider expansion funded by Social Investment Scotland (SIS) and will enable Foxlake to welcome more budding wake boarders to the centre, accommodate an increased number of community groups and ultimately grow the sport’s profile in Scotland. The expansion has already allowed Foxlake to employ four local young people in full and part-time posts, and it is also recruiting for a further four full-time seasonal staff for the peak summer period.
SIS provided £40k of funding to cover initial working costs and a further £200k from the Scottish Investment Fund, which it manages on behalf of the Scottish Government. Much of the remaining funding is being put towards the building of Europe’s first over-water low rope pole course, due to be opened this summer.
The adventure sports industry attracts 253,000 visits to Scotland each year. In the year of Natural Scotland, from its 100 acre site right next to John Muir Park, Foxlake is playing an active role in helping to encourage people to get outside and experience the wonderful range of outdoor activities Scotland has to offer.
Not only is Foxlake Scotland’s only cable wakeboarding centre, but it is also the only centre of its type in the UK to be run as a social enterprise. Foxlake also aims to provide a training base for unemployed young people who want to learn outdoor adventure and environmental skills.