HEALTH AND WELLBEING for all ages is an important new focus. Picture – Good Boost

UNDER PRESSURE

Jane Herbert reports on the conflicting demands for community water space… Commercial pool operators have rarely been under so much pressure. Swim England’s September 2021 report – A Decade of Decline – highlighted the urgent need for investment to combat ageing pool stock. Months of COVID restrictions have led to some facilities not re-opening at […]

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"This is a very worrying report which could impact on millions of people across the country..." - Jane Nickerson, Swim England chief executive.

CALLS FOR £1 BILLION POOL INVESTMENT

Swim England has warned almost 2,000 swimming pools could be lost forever by the end of the decade unless the Government and local authorities ‘act now’ to replace or refurbish ageing facilities. In its new A Decade of Decline: The Future of Swimming Pools in England report that there will be a huge reduction in […]

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

TRUE COST OF RECOVERY

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

POSITIVES FOR SCHOOL SWIMMING

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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TOP OF THE CLASS

Top marks for Buckingham Pools in the education pool sector… All swimming pools are highly technical, complex installations and this is especially so in the high-footfall school, university or leisure centre sector. Whether you are dreaming of an Olympic-level competition pool, a tailor-made therapy pool for specific groups or a learner pool with depth flexibility, […]

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OPEN

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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SOME 200 PUBLIC
POOLS have still not
reopened following
the first lockdown in
March 2020.

UNITED VOICES IN PUBLIC POOLS CALL

A special report from the Pool & Spa Scene team… Combined voices are calling for commercial swimming pools to be recognised as essential services as leisure operators reel under the third enforced closure since the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis. The national closure of swimming pools through the third compulsory lockdown has resulted in a […]

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SAVE OUR SWIMMING POOLS PLEA

Despite opposition from key organisations like Swim England, swimming pools have been closed again in Manchester, Merseyside, Wales and in other parts of the UK, as part of the measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The Government has stressed that discussions will be held with those areas moving into ‘tier three’ in the […]

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THE NEW NORMAL

Business owners walked a precarious tightrope this summer as they juggled the priorities of keeping family and workforce safe while grappling with the toughest trading challenges in living memory. The industry’s key suppliers had to quickly adapt to unprecedented health and safety implications. “From the beginning of lock down, our most important consideration has been […]

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RECORD POOL ROOKIE LIFEGUARD GROWTH

RECORD POOL ROOKIE LIFEGUARD GROWTH

Following the announcement of its strategic partnership with Swim England, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has seen an unprecedented boost in take-up of their Rookie Lifeguard Instructor courses. The partnership was quick to focus on making it easy for leisure centres to get their existing swimming teachers qualified to teach the Rookie […]

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