Lincolnshire could get three new swimming pools in £20m funding bid

Three new swimming pools could be built in Lincolnshire under a £20m funding offer. The new facilities could be built at Castle Sports Complex, Spalding, with the aim of improving health and wellbeing in the area.

It comes after South Holland District Council announced plans on May 30 which include remodeling the entire sports center site. It is looking to create a variety of new indoor and outdoor facilities alongside a brand new swimming facility which could include a six lane 25m pool as well as a much larger teaching pool which will aim to support learners of all ages.

It would also benefit family swimming sessions, physiotherapy and rehabilitation activities. Councilor Nick Worth, Deputy Chief and Portfolio Holder for People, Places, The Economy, said: “The quality and variety of our swimming facilities in the District is a subject that is regularly brought up with us by the residents and local community groups, and I hope people would agree that these plans provide a potential opportunity to take a really exciting step forward in this offering.

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“We know how important it is for our residents to have access to desirable recreational facilities, both for health and well-being and for enjoyment and recreation. If we are successful with this offer, we will not only be able to positively transform this provision, but we will also open up capital funding that we would otherwise have spent on the castle site to make major investments and improvements in the rest of Holland. southern. He added.

In 2021, a report by Swim England showed more than 200 pools had closed since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the potential for nearly 2,000 to be lost by the end of the decade. Nick Vere, club chairman of South Lincs Swimming Club, which has been a part of the complex for over 40 years now, expressed his approval of the plans, saying: “Swimming is an important life skill, especially in South Lincolnshire with our many rivers and drains. Spalding Pool has always provided an inclusive and accessible place for everyone to learn to swim and access the health and wellness benefits of exercise.

“And through the various pool-based clubs, develop a lifelong involvement in water sports. The South Lincs Competitive Swim Club has been in existence for nearly 45 years; teaching hundreds of local people to swim and providing our swimmers the opportunity to compete, some at the highest levels of British and international swimming.

“We want to secure the long-term future of our club and pool for generations of budding athletes to come and we consider investments like this to be essential for the future of swimming in the south of the Lincolnshire.” Further details of the offer will be announced in the coming weeks.