Cross in Hand Community Swimming Pool

by FRIENDS OF CROSS IN HAND SCHOOL in Cross In Hand, East Sussex, England

We want to open our school swimming pool up to the wider community - this would include after school swimming school for children and adults

by FRIENDS OF CROSS IN HAND SCHOOL in Cross In Hand, East Sussex, England

£345

raised of £12,500 target

10

supporters
3% 6 days left
This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by November 27th 2018 at 12:00pm

We want to get more children and adults swimming in Heathfield!

We are the Friends Association for the Cross in Hand Church of England Primary School in Heathfield, East Sussex. We have an outdoor swimming pool at our school which is very lucky as there are no public swimming pools in Heathfield or surrounding area. The nearest public swimming pool is 9 miles away!

Swimming is included in the national curriculum for primary schools but unfortunately the reality is that with the financial pressure experienced by most schools, this is a part of the curriculum which is reduced to the bare minimum for some schools. Recent research by the UK Swimming Teacher Association showed that 1 in 3 children between the ages of 10-16 currently cannot swim!

We think this is a real shame. Swimming is such an important life skill. It is a skill once mastered stays with you for a life time and it could potentially be a lifesaving skill. Not to mention it is a good way for children to stay fit and active.

Unfortunately; with the lack of a public swimming pool in our town the statistics are more than likely true for the children of Heathfield and surrounding villages. Taking your children to regular swimming lessons requires a car and the lessons are often very expensive on top of this! Many families simply do not have the time and money needed to help their children become confident swimmers. And we don’t think this is fair (or safe)!

Through the years there have been plans to build a public swimming pool in Heathfield but the cost of building a swimming pool from scratch are so high that the council simply can’t afford it and the reality is that the residents of Heathfield will be waiting many years before a public swimming pool becomes a reality.

But, we have a dream: We want to create a swimming pool for the local community at our school. We want to let all children in Heathfield have access to swimming lessons at our swimming pool. For 8 months a year we want to use our swimming pool to run an after school swimming school for children and adults. Furthermore we want to open the pool for intensive swimming lessons during the summer holidays.
This way more than 250 children and adults could have swimming lessons on a weekly basis without having to travel or pay for expensive private lessons.

We have a good size outdoor swimming pool with associated changing rooms and toilet which is currently used for in-school swimming lessons and fun-swims for our pupils after school. We have two professional local swimming teachers who are dedicated to helping us maintain and evolve our use of the swimming pool. And last but not least we have a great force of volunteers; parents, teachers, carers and governors who help maintain, clean, organise, lifeguard and fund raise every year to keep the pool going and keep our children swimming.

However, to open our doors to the children of Heathfield our swimming pool would require some investment. The pool is currently only used for in school swimming lessons and some fun swims after school and running a swim school from the pool would represent a significant increase in the usage of the pool (approximately triple the usage of the pool). This would be great as it would mean more people get the benefit of a resource which is otherwise underused but unfortunately the pool and equipment would need to be updated to service this usage level.

The project would be split into two stages:
Stage 1 – essential repairs to the swimming pool and technical pool operations equipment
Scope of works; new boiler, upgrade pipes and pump, install dosing system, upgrade pool ladders

Stage 2 – refurbishment of the pool area and essential health and safety upgrades
Scope of works; re-surfacing surrounding of the pool, replace copping stones, upgrade changing rooms and toilets, install covered spectator area and repair seating area

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£65 or more

Add your family name to the Sponsor Wall

Our swimming pool is supported and maintained by our community and to show our appreciation of this we are planning a sponsorship wall made of wooden plaques with the names of key contributors engraved. A donation of £65 will ensure your legacy on our sponsorship wall.

£50 or more

2 of 20 claimed

3 Private swimming Lessons

Does your technique need a bit of help or do you know a child who would love some swimming lessons? A donation of £50 would give you 3 private swimming lessons of 30 minutes each with an experienced swimming teacher. The lesson would take place in our outdoor swimming pool in Summer 2019. Date and availability to be confirmed.

£75 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Family Pool Hire - 1 hour 10 people

Fancy having a summer family gathering in the pool? A donation of £75 will get you private hire of our swimming pool for 1 hour (including lifeguard) for both adults and children. No food or drinks would be provided but there would be a lifeguard and plenty of floats and toys. Dates and availability in summer 2019 to be confirmed. Please note children under 5 will need to be accompanied by an adult in the pool.

£100 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Family Pool Hire - 1 hour 20 people

Fancy having a summer family gathering in the pool? A donation of £100 will get you private hire of our swimming pool for 1 hour (including lifeguard) for up to 20 people - both adults and children. No food or drinks would be provided but there would be a lifeguard and plenty of floats and toys. Dates and availability in summer 2019 to be confirmed. Please note children under 5 will need to be accompanied by an adult in the pool.

£125 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Pool Childrens Birthday Party - Summer 2019

Fancy having a birthday party in our outdoor swimming pool? This reward would give you 1 hour private access to the swimming pool for up to 20 children followed by 1 hour access to an outdoor area where you can set up your party. No food or drinks would be provided but there would be a lifeguard and plenty of floats and toys. Dates and availability to be confirmed. Please note children under 5 years must be accompanied by an adult in the pool.

£250 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Poolside Sponsorship Banners 2019 Season

For £250 donation we offer local business the opportunity to have a sponsorship banner along the pool fence for the duration of the 2019 season. This will give you great exposure to local audiences for a great price. The banner will be a PVC type banner approximately 1x1.5 meters. Artwork to be approved by the school and Friends Association.


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