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Olympic double gold medallist Rebecca Adlington has opened a Mansfield pool which has been renamed in her honour. Mansfield District Council has spent more than £5m on refurbishing Sherwood Baths which has been renamed as the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre.

Adlington, who celebrated her 21st birthday last month trained for many years at the pool.

“Every day I train at one or more council-owned and operated swimming pools in Nottingham,” she said. “To see people of all ages and abilities swimming up and down the pool or splashing around having fun is all the evidence I need to understand the benefits swimming facilities can bring to a community.” She said it was “a massive honour” to see her name on the side of the pool.

Adlington won swimming gold in the 400m and 800m freestyle events in Beijing


Swimming pools are set to become a focal point for local authorities all across the UK as they bid to meet ambitious plans to cut carbon emissions. Authorities in Lancashire, Devon, Hertfordshire, Suffolk and Durham are among those who are aiming to cut carbon emissions by 35% over the next five years. Wood boilers, thermal panels and wind turbines will be introduced in some schools, and leisure centres and swimming pools will be upgraded where necessary to maximise energy efficiency. Local authorities are under formal Government pressure to approve an ambitious plan to cut carbon emissions. The Carbon Management Plan includes dozens of measures that the councils will be implementing to cut its use of fossil fuels and thus its carbon emissions. These include formal reviews of heating, maintenance and environmental principles at pools.

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After nearly 15 years Plastica decided to “hit the road” and meet its customers by holding a series of product and training seminars. The seminars at Tetbury, Peterborough and Kingswood opened with a welcome from Plastica`s Managing Director, Edward Campbell-Salmon Steve Smith – UK Sales Manager, introduced the Solarpod – the compact Solar powered heating unit specifically designed for above-ground pools. Guest speakers on each day included Eva Levy of PMP Technologies in Israel who gave a presentation on domestic salt chlorinators and Hans Tanghe of Renolit who gave a technical presentation on liners.

Will Dando (Plastica Technical Manager) and Pat Devaney (Extreme Pool Lining Manager) also gave an insight into both thin liner measuring and On Site Lining. Peter Addlington – Managing Director of Plastipack gave a talk on the new Sol +Guard, and Energy Guard range of pool covers together with their benefits and

detailing the potential savings they can offer. The afternoon session saw the launch of both the new LED lights for above-ground pools and the ECO Wooden Pool, by Trevor Miller. Plastica also launched their new range of Endurance pumps and Filters and the Intex Filter Pump Package. Edward Campbell-Salmon said:

“We made a decision last year it would be beneficial to our customers, if this year we went to them, and to showcase the new products we have on offer and judging by the response and positive feedback we have had from the 70 plus companies that attended, that decision was entirely justified.”


Marquis Spas and the Make-A- Wish Foundation of America are celebrating their 10th

anniversary of working together. Golden Coast, the sole distributor of Marquis Spas in the UK passed its own milestone last year when it supplied its 27th Marquis hot tub.

Joanne Micklewright, Make-A- Wish Wishgranting Manager in the UK, said: “Golden Coast has been incredibly generous with the provision of Marquis Spas over the past five years. A spa allows some very precious time

to be had as a family unit”. Jamie Adams, Managing Director of Golden Coast said: “Our thanks go to our dealers who have proved themselves over and over again when it comes to making wishes come true for these children, and this year is no exception. Marquis Spas, Golden Coast and all our dealers are fully committed to supporting the work of Make-A-Wish.” The overall sponsorship has helped close to 400 children with life-threatening medical conditions. “The Make-A-Wish Foundation

has a special place in our hearts here at Marquis Spas,” said John Schrenk, President of Marquis Spas.

Marquis Spas serves as the preferred provider for Make-A- Wish Foundation’s hot tub wishes. Marquis became involved in February 2000. “We could not have done all these wishes without extensive help from our great network of dealers,” said Schrenk. “It is not unheard of for them to drive five to six hours one way to deliver a hot tub to a wish child.”


The STA has teamed up with Alpha Distribution, European distributors of the SEADOO® Seascooter range, to create a series of new ‘Seascooter’ qualifications for children, and

provide swim schools with a new income stream opportunity. There are three progressive levels, starting with Level 1 which introduces children to the fun 3D underwater world of Seascooters. Levels 2 and 3 require the STA’s Pool Snorkelling awards as prerequisites, and aim to develop control techniques and the child’s learning experience with Seascooters through participation in games, races and team activities. Alan Siddons, the STA’s Business Development Director said: “Seascooters are a great addition

to a swimming session and are lots of fun – they can also provide an exciting new income stream for swim schools.

“The new Seascooter qualifications structure this learning process, and ensure key teaching outcomes are achieved, including watermanship skills which form a core element of the programme.”



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