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Swimming ends in
Swimming came to an end in
Bridgwater in Somerset last
month, when the Splash swimming Horsham based Home Counties
centre closed its doors after 18 Swimming Pools enjoyed a day in
years. BBC and ITV crews were the sunshine when the company
present to film the tots who have held an open day for customers.
just started to learn to swim there. The day was supported by
The plaque commemorating suppliers specially water
Sedgemoor Splash’s opening by treatment specialists BioLab.
Princess Diana in April 1991, has The day was a success and the
been removed. Sedgemoor sun even came out!
District Council says it cannot Based just south of Horsham
afford the £4m to bring the poorly at Hillier Garden Centre on the
designed Splash into accordance A281 since 1983, Home
with current legislation, nor the Counties, Pools – Hot Tubs –
£700,000-a-year cost. Cash raised Leisure have won numerous
from the sale of the land will go industry awards for retail
towards a new pool set to open in excellence, service and design.
Home Counties Pools enjoyed their open day in the sunshine
three years. The plan is to build a Initially a swimming pool
new tank-style pool and learner installation based company, in
pool, the initial cost of which is 2001 they introduced high promotions on a variety of Bayrol products and the open
now estimated at £6.7m, with quality hot tubs and have gone products, with BioLab staff on day proved the brands
£400,000 running costs, alongside on developing the range of hand to answer any questions. popularity – especially the
new schools and a leisure centre. swimming pool accessories Lesley Freeman, BioLab’s Superflock which was on
and services. Technical Support Advisor promotion. Home Counties
Home Counties had a wide assisted with water testing. were able to show off their
Preston goes national selection of fantastic Home Counties have taken on fantastic showroom.
with ASA
Swimmers taking lessons in
Preston are to be taught using a
national scheme.
On air and in the tub!
Preston Council is the latest POOL BUSINESS PLAN
organisation to sign up to the Certikin’s Caldera hot tub was the centre of attention when The boss of an outdoor pool
Amateur Swimming Association’s Oxfordshire radio station Jack FM broadcast its breakfast show saved from closure by
national plan for teaching from the premises of Blue Water Pools in Yarnton Nurseries to volunteers has praised the
swimming. Over the next five celebrate the pool company’s open weekend. public for an imaginative
years, swimming instructors will DJ Greg and newsreader Trevor donned swimming trunks to take business plan which secured
use the national plan for teaching a dip in the Caldera hot tub from which they presented their show the pools’ future.
swimming. The council is also ‘Jack’s Morning Glory’. Not only was it a real crowd pleaser, it also Grahame Hadden,
working with the ASA to provide proved a highly profitable exercise -with eight Caldera spas sold. Chairman of a trust which runs
training for local instructors. “It was good fun and a great way to kick start our open Hampton Pool in Middlesex,
weekend, it really drew the punters in,” says Blue Water’s Mike hailed the “creative and
Jackson. “People turned up with their swimming costumes to try imaginative business plan”
£16m Irish pool ‘too out one of our six Caldera spas. We were fortunately blessed with that was “based on proven
costly’ good weather which also helped.” swimming activities”.
The company managing a £16m The stunning Caldera Spa range from Certikin, which in 2008 He said: “Open-air pools
public leisure and swimming pool won a much-coveted Best Buy Award from What Spa? Magazine, have historically been poorly
built with public funding to be one promises the ultimate in comfort, style and performance at sensible managed, summer only,
of Ireland’s most prestigious pools prices. The Caldera collection has 12 models in four different seasonal facilities, and being
in Killarney, is to pull out next specification ranges, including those with LED mood-changing seasonal they have no full
month. It is understood the 25m lighting and CD players in the Aquatic Melodies Series spas. time staff to take a pride in
pool is proving too costly. the operation.
Membership of the pool has not “At Hampton we actively
reached the expected numbers manage our facilities, listen
because of the downturn. to our clients to create new
The council is split on its activities, new facilities and
support for the pool, part of the business opportunities.”
project in a town where there The pool was re-opened in
already had been more than a 1985 by a not-for-profit
dozen swimming pools, many of charity set up by residents,
which are open to the public. which operates to this day.
The project received funding Mr Hadden added: “I have
from the National Lottery through seen no ‘lack of apparent
the Sports Capital Programme and consideration of health and
the Department of Arts, Sport and
Live from the hot tub – the
safety requirements’ in the
Tourism swimming pool programme.
Oxfordshire radio station Jack FM
broadcast from Blue Water Pools
business plan.”
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