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Tessa Jowell – Government minister’s pool visit shows
Government commitment to community pools
No pool for Crewe
The plug has been pulled on a
joint bid to build a multi-million
pound swimming pool complex
for Crewe. The decision comes
following discussions between the
Environment Agency and technical
advisors, who concluded that the
additional cost to overcome a
potential flood risk on the site
would be too great. A
consultation, run jointly by Crewe
and Nantwich Borough Council
will now focus on either the
construction of a multi-sport
facility at the Cumberland Arena,
or a major refurbishment of the
existing Flag Lane Baths in Crewe.
West Country says no to
Tessa Jowell opens
free swimming for kids
Youngsters are being denied the
chance to swim for free after
Highworth Community pool
councils failed to sign up to a
scheme to scrap entrance fees to
pools for children. Bath and North
They were jumping for joy in the ageing open-air pool which “I hope that her visit underlines East Somerset Council – along
Highworth recently to celebrate closed in 2006. the Government’s commitment with North Somerset and South
the official opening of their The new pool opened in to pools such as ours.” Gloucestershire Councils in the
brand-new indoor swimming August. Residents of the town Since the pool opened its west – have agreed to waive
pool. Government Minister had been waiting for years for doors it has seen an influx of charges for pensioners but refused
Tessa Jowell was the invited an indoor pool and when the visitors. to do the same for under-16s,
guest of honour at a ceremony facility finally opened it was the There are two swimming despite being offered Government
at Highworth Recreation centre, culmination of a £1.6m project clubs and one diving club cash to help fund the scheme.
where the MP praised all those and 15 months of building already using the facilities, as They claim the money available
involved in the project. alteration work. well as local schools and the would not cover the cost but
“It’s been an Olympic The pool work was general public. Communities Secretary Hazel
effort to raise the completed by the Oxford Pool “Already our swimming clubs Blears insisted the shortfall would
money and then build such a Building Company with the pool are reporting that they are be minimal.
beautiful pool, and I’m very cover and design by Arqualand. discovering young people of
proud to share this moment with Phil Baker, Chairman of the potential who, if we had not
everyone who made it centre’s executive committee, been open, would probably Boom in Poland’s trade
happen,” Ms Jowell said before said: “It is really great that the have not been discovered,” said leads to new show
watching a display of diving from Olympics Minister found time to Mr Baker. The pool is owned The demand for new pools in
the local Thamesdown Diving visit our pool. Britain can only and operated by the Highworth Poland has led to a mini boom in
Club, alongside Swindon North hope to produce top class Recreation Centre Trust. the market place. The Polish pool,
MP Michael Wills and members swimmers and divers in the spa and sauna industry is growing
of the Highworth Pool Trust. future if there are a good
rapidly – hence the arrival of a
The new £1.4m facility took number of high quality grass-
new trade show. The show which
18 months to build and replaced roots facilities.
is held under the sponsorship of
the Polish Ministry of Economy will
also be boosted by the growing
demand in the country for
publically financed sports centres.
The Institute of Swimming has awarded Lifetime the exclusive contract to deliver Exercise and Fitness The show will be held in
Knowledge training as part of the Swimming Industry and Novice entry level stages of the aquatic Warsaw’s newly built and state-of-
training framework. the-art exhibition centre, and will
“This is a great opportunity for a REPs approved fitness training provider to create a strategic alliance in be Poland’s only specialist
the delivery of aquatic fitness qualifications to both swimming teachers and fitness professionals,” says Colin international trade fair. Pool Salon
Huffen, Coach Education Officer at the Institute of Swimming. “It’s been a real pleasure to work with Lifetime Poland is co-organised by
on this project – their ‘can do’ attitude, professionalism and commitment to quality is commendable.” Expoevents Poland and
The bespoke training product, which has been dual branded, will enable the IOS to use a standardised Expoevents GmbH Austria – also
and nationally recognised approach to training their members. co-organisers of the Moscow Pool
On successful completion of the training each candidate will gain an award in Level 2 Exercise and Salon which will take place from 3
Fitness Knowledge. This certificate can be used, should the candidate wish, as Accredited Prior Learning to 6 February.
(APL) towards the full Level 2 Lifetime Gym Instructor Award or towards another Lifetime Award where For more information visit
the same theory knowledge is a pre-requisite.
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