Campaigners are working hard to raise vital funds needed to repair the last remaining state primary school swimming pool in Leeds. Fifty years since the first foundations were laid, the pool at Scholes (Elmet) Primary School is in desperate need of almost £50,000 of repairs and is currently out of action.
The Save Scholes Pool (SSP) campaign has been set up by parents and pupils at the school to raise the money to restore the pool to its former glory.
“This pool is so much more that an additional school facility. The story behind this swimming pool reinstates a belief in community spirit and demonstrates what amazing things can be achieved when we all work together,” says campaigner Sarah Beevers.
It is estimated that around £45,000 is needed to refurbish the pool, plant room and pool hall, plus a further £5,000 for a new entrance and changing facilities.
Sarah adds: “We have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of our local community, however we are not naïve to the fact that it will be difficult to maintain this level of community fundraising. We have future community activities planned, including a pool party, school events and a community quiz night.”
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