The future of Church Stretton Swimming Pool is at risk. HELP SAVE OUR POOL!!
Recent changes to funding policies means that our Leisure Centre, as a whole, must be cost neutral to the Council by the end of March 2020 if it is to remain open with a pool.
Stretton Pool Action (SPA) was formed in 2016, as a group of concerned users of the swimming pool and local residents who are passionate about keeping the pool open. Since then we have been working with other key stakeholders and tirelessly fundraising to find a sustainable future for the Centre.
By June this year we had raised enough money, with all our wonderful supporters’ help, to buy a new pool cover. This was fitted on 26th June and is now significantly reducing heating costs and creating a more comfortable environment for users. We are now fundraising to replace the old, inefficient lighting with more cost-effective LED units. Replacement of the lights over the pool and in the changing areas will cost in the region of £2,000. An Aviva Community Fund award would take us half way there! Reducing the running costs of the pool will show that the pool can run in a cost efficient way and can be made cost neutral to the Council.
Stretton Pool Action wants to keep the pool open for now and for future generations because we KNOW that swimming is a great form of exercise for all ages and stages of life.
- a life-saver - teaching children to swim before they leave school gives them a skill for life
- a way to build positive attitudes to sport and activity, as the foundations of an active life, in children and young people
- a well proven way of maintaining and improving good health
- a safe, non-weight bearing exercise for those with disabilities or recovering from injury or illness
- a great way for the family to spend time & have fun together.
Church Stretton Leisure Centre is essential to our rural community because:
- a local facility is time and cost efficient for users. Children will not have to be bussed
- elsewhere to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum and learn to swim.
- parents are more likely to take their children to swim locally, meaning fewer will leave school unable to swim.
- many of our users would be unable to travel to more distant centres, due to financial, physical or time constraints
- it is more welcoming and inclusive, especially of those groups currently under-represented in sport, such as women and girls, who are more likely to swim as a form of exercise and have less access to other forms of exercise
- a local facility provides a safe environment for exercise, particularly at night and in the winter months, when compared with walking or cycling etc.
- lower income families are more likely to be able to use a local facility, as are those without private transport
- it strengthens community resources that underpin health and helps Church Stretton be a more resilient, self- reliant rural community
- it benefits local businesses. Those who use the facilities are more likely to shop and drink/eat in the town
- it provides local employment. The Leisure Centre employs ~20 -25 people, and is a valued local employer in an area, which has few employment opportunities
- it helps the community to have a lower carbon footprint, as people will not have to drive to more distant centres
Find out more about Stretton Pool Action and help SAVE OUR POOL:
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