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In the spring of 2012, Foxlake Adventures was established. After 2 years of research and development by businessmen James Barbour, Duncan Barbour and Alec Dale they opted to establish Foxlake as a social enterprise. They enlisted the support of a like-minded Board of Directors, all of whom set out with a vision to create a new outdoor sport facility in East Lothian, which focused on excellent customer service and coaching delivery. Foxlake opened as Scotland’s only cable wakeboarding park and enjoyed a fantastic opening ‘season’ with the cable park being maxed to its operating capacity.
The success of the opening year led the Directors to drive a programme of expansion which would see the lake doubling in size and a second cable tow being installed, effectively doubling the wakeboarding capacity in 2013. One of the key factors in the success of the wake park was the particular focus placed on youth sport development. Foxlake linked up with the local Active School network, the national governing bodies; British Waterski & Wakeboard/Waterski & Wakeboard Scotland, driving an extensive, structured development programme during school terms and throughout school holidays. The programme has proved to be a fantastic success with a number of the participants being recognised nationally with ‘Gold’ awards for their sporting achievements.
Stage 2 of the programme of expansion was the construction of Foxlake’s ropes course ‘FoxFall’ which was erected over a small body of water adjacent to the wake park. The FoxFall ropes course concept is unique and the first of its type in Europe. Unlike traditional high ropes courses such as GoApe, FoxFall has no safety harness, if you fall off, you get wet. FoxFall is where GoApe meets Total Wipeout! The ropes course experienced great success in the opening couple of months and helped generate a significance increase in visitors and participants on site at the lake.
The progress made by Foxlake in its opening 2 years of business has recently been recognised by the East Lothian & Midlothian Chamber of Commerce, receiving the ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ award for 2013. Operational Director James Barbour commented ‘We are delighted with the growth and development of Foxlake over the last two years and intend to keep working hard to ensure all our customers have a fantastic experience with us at the lake’.
Members of the Springfords crew and their families have already tried out the facilities and great fun was had by all!
If you would like to find out more about Foxlake check out www.foxlake.co.uk