DEEP IMPACT

Parkwood Leisure takes a customer-centric approach to swimming, as Judith Wojtowicz reports… Investment and innovation go hand in hand at Parkwood Leisure, the first leisure operator within the industry to commission a detailed social value report to better understand the impact of its activities on the communities it serves. The impressive results from this 2020 […]

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Nuffield Client Care

Nuffield Health holds a unique place among operators of swimming pools, as Judith Wojtowicz discovers… Client care understandably comes first at Nuffield Health, the UK’s largest healthcare charity. At the same time, commercial demands can’t be ignored, not least when it comes to running the swimming pools within its 114 fitness and wellbeing centres across […]

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PWTAG TACKLES SUSTAINABILITY

This year’s annual conference is PWTAG’s sixth – but the first since the pandemic to be face-to- face. The theme, very relevant to these challenging times in the industry, is The Sustainable Pool. There are three issues that should drive delegates to Nottingham in November: saving energy, reducing carbon and saving cost. How pool operators […]

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Automated water treatment already enjoys world domination when it comes to swimming pools… On trend and currently making global news, Artificial Intelligence leverages computers and machines to mimic the problem-solving and decision-making capabilities of the human mind. Hardly big news for the water leisure industry where AI has been in place for many years in […]

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EXCITING YEAR AHEAD FOR WELLBEING

Less than 12 months on from seeing the first facility awarded Swim England’s Water Wellbeing accreditation, the programme has continued to grow. More and more facilities up and down the country are working towards the Water Wellbeing accreditation as they place a focus on improving health and wellbeing in local communities. Active Nation’s Bitterne Leisure […]

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PULLING THE PUBLIC POOL PLUG

It’s pretty unusual for swimming pools to be so thoroughly in the news. They were in the headlines over covid of course, which finished off about 200 pools. Then last autumn there were warnings from Swim England that up to 2,000 more might close in the next ten years, starved of the funds necessary for […]

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A BIGGER SPLASH

A look at swimming performance in Scotland… As early as 2017, in Scottish Swimming’s Good Practice Facilities Strategy, pool operators were commenting on the growing cost of heating bills and subsidies required to operate their pools. At the same time the demand and cost of water space were both increasing. Yet everyone is agreed, quality […]

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SAFE WATER FOR EVERY POOL

What’s the smart, scalable answer for pool water disinfection? The many pool types in this magazine have one vital thing in common. They all require filtering and disinfection to kill harmful bacteria and control the spread of algae. Chlorination is the well-proven way to keep bathers safe, so the real question for pool operators is: […]

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MILLIONS TO GO SWIMMING AGAIN

It has been more than a year since the government announced public swimming pools would close as part of the efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus. The long wait is over. Pools across the UK will be reopening from Monday 12th April with millions able to go swimming again. A whopping 3,794 facilities with […]

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POOL PEOPLE – ALLEN WILSON

With thanks to, Ross Alcock – General Secretary of The Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers, we pay tribute to an irreplaceable industry personality, following the loss of Allen Wilson, FISPE Allen Wilson had an inimitable style of delivery with his presentations and it was true to say nobody fell asleep whilst Allen was talking. His […]

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