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Swimming Pool Scene NEWS


Olympic Swimmer Backs School Pool Renovation


A fundraising scheme to save a school pool from closure is being backed by eight-time swimming world record holder Mark Foster. The pool at Warren Meads Infants and Juniors School urgently needs a new pump and further renovations in order to remain open. The fundraising campaign has so far include a ‘Save Our Pool Gala Dinner’ hosted by Mark Foster and all pupils are taking part in a Swimathon.


Sarah Farrah, a parent and organiser of the fundraising campaign commented: “Mark is a personal friend and when I mentioned that the pool will close if we can’t raise funds to renovate it he offered to give up his time to help. He is passionate about giving children the chance to learn to swim.”


The pool was originally built in 1959 and funded by parents, but in recent years it has lost the investments required to keep it up to standard and needs up to £150,000 to complete refurbishment works. She adds: “At the moment, the pool cannot be leased out due to irregular use. If we can raise the funds to repair it, other local primary schools, swim clubs, swim schools and the local community will be able to use it too.”


World’s Largest Swim


Sandcastle Waterpark in Blackpool was one of more than 600 water leisure venues worldwide to take part in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) earlier this summer. Thousands of children across 27 countries, from Australia to Zimbabwe, Bahrain to Brazil, and Panama to Poland, came together to learn more about water safety.


This is the seventh year in a row that Sandcastle Waterpark has participated in the WLSL event. Created by the World Waterpark Association, the purpose of the event is to provide children and parents with life-saving water safety skills and build awareness about the vital importance of parental vigilance. Tragically, the World Health Organization estimates drowning is one of the top five causes of death for people aged 14 and under in 48 of the 85 countries it monitors.


ABOVE: The new Glenwood School in Essex will feature a hydrotherapy pool by World Leisure.


ABOVE: Youngsters at Sandcastle Waterpark took part in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson in June.


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World Leisure has begun work on a hydrotherapy pool for a £15million special educational needs school in Benfleet, Essex. The pool is being installed at the new Glenwood School, which is being delivered by construction and infrastructure company, Morgan Sindall. Set for completion at the end of the summer, the specially-designed education facility will include state-of-the-art facilities to support 210 children and young adults with severe and multiple learning difficulties. “The main benefit of hydrotherapy is the combination of warm water, high air temperature and relief of bodyweight, which results in optimum conditions for the delivery of individualised physiotherapy programmes,” World Leisure Managing Director Simon Smith comments. “For children with significant physical disabilities, this resource may be the only place where they can move independently.”


ABOVE: The pool at Warren Meads Infants and Juniors School urgently needs a new pump and further renovations in order to remain open.


Benfleet Work Underway


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