192,000 TILES HAVE NOW BEEN LAID at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre


Emily Martin reports as we look forward to the forthcoming Commonwealth Games… The eyes of the world will be on the West Midlands this summer as the city of Birmingham will play host to elite athletes from around the world flocking to participate in the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The prestigious international sporting event is held […]

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82 PER CENT OF public pools closed due to Covid, have still not re-opened.


The last 18 months have been tough on pools, writes Brian Guthrie for PWTAG. The cost of having pools closed and then reopening them safely – twice – has been immense. Running public pools is expensive anyway and keeping them ticking over ,with no revenue, has cost millions. So where do we stand, and what […]

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Serco Leisure encourages communities to make a splash… Serco’s leisure business enters the second half of 2021 with a fair degree of optimism. The challenges of the COVID era are far from over but the company’s swimming pools and gyms are once again seeing the welcome sight of happy customers benefitting from the Serco Leisure […]

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every child leaves
primary school set up to
enjoy the water safely for the rest of their lives


Swim England has welcomed confirmation that PE and School Sport Premium government funding will continue at £320 million for the next academic year. “This is a really positive announcement from the Department for Education and will be a huge help to primary schools up and down the country,” responds Swim England Chief Executive Jane Nickerson. […]

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Mental Health


Research, commissioned by Swim England, has shown that almost half a million (492,000) British adults have reduced, or no longer take, medication for their mental health condition as a result of swimming. Swim England and Mind are working together to promote the benefits swimming can offer to people experiencing a mental health problem. As part […]

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Following the 2012 London Olympics, Sport England were gifted one of the training pools from the Games to issue the major mechanical parts to a venue that satisfied their needs requirement. The Scarborough Leisure Centre met those needs and were gifted a pool shell, diving head wall, filter vessels, pumps, heating, ultraviolet disinfection and chemical […]

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Extra Swim England Investment

Extra Swim England Investment

Swim England will look to engage the quarter of the adult population who do fewer than 30 minutes of physical activity a week as one of ten national governing bodies given more financial support by Sport England. More than £16 million will be spent on the ten sports over the next two years to help […]

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Nation 4

State of the Nation

With more sports and leisure opportunities on offer than ever before, swimming remains the country’s most popular participatory exercise activity. Latest figures from Sport England revealed a small increase of 11,000 people taking up the sport in 2016 with 2.52 million now swimming at least once a week. Yet the number of public swimming pools […]

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The opening ceremony of the Olympic Legacy pool at Mount Kelly
school featured a swimming display by members of the Mount Kelly swim squad.

Legacy Pool Gets Royal Approval

A new Olympic Legacy 50m swimming pool at a private boarding school in Devon has been officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal. The pool at Mount Kelly in Tavistock was built in partnership with Sport England through National Lottery funding. HRH The Princess Royal was treated to a swimming display by local primary school […]

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The new Perdiswell Leisure Centre has put Worcester on the
sporting map.

Flagship Facility Opens

A brand new £10.5 million swimming facility has opened in the West Midlands. The new Perdiswell Leisure Centre in Worcester boasts an eight-lane 25m competition standard pool and an 18×10 metre teaching pool with a movable floor, designed to attract everyone from casual swimmers to Olympic and Paralympic champions. Fully accessible for people of all […]

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