Job search
Job Search
Latest news
More news: (showing 1 - 20 of 13303)           
UK only International

Nearly a quarter of public pools are still closed, says Swim England

By Tom Walker    24 Aug 2020
Out of the 1,002 publicly accessible pools, 223 remain closed / Shutterstock.com/canbedone
These are facilities which are vital for so many reasons and should not be left to go to ruin
– Jane Nickerson

Almost a quarter of public swimming pools across the country remain closed – nearly a month after they were given the green light to reopen.

Research from Swim England shows that while 767 of the 1,002 publicly accessible pools have reopened in some form – or have published an imminent reopening date – 223 remain closed indefinitely.

The majority of those (193) still have no confirmed date for a reopening, while 15 have already been mothballed or confirmed as permanently closed. A further 25 are shut for maintenance.

Following the publication of the figures, Swim England chief executive Jane Nickerson called on the government to provide more financial support to help struggling facilities reopen – and ensure no more pools are lost.

“It’s extremely disappointing to see so many public swimming pools remain closed with no confirmed date for reopening," Nickerson said.

“These are facilities are vital for so many reasons and should not be left to go to ruin.

“In addition, those that are open are trying to survive with considerably less footfall and we understand many do not know how long they can remain open without support.

“We’ve been working hard to gather the most up-to-date picture from right across the country, so we can continue to make the strongest case for all our sports.

"The Value of Swimming research proves that pools are valuable for the user who is healthier and happier, who feels more confident and more connected to their local community.

"Swimming is also valuable to society, saving the public purse at least £357m per year, and improving community cohesion."

Earlier this year, a survey conducted by Leisure-net Solutions in partnership with 4global via the DataHub revealed that almost 60 per cent of UK parents planned to resume their children’s swimming lessons.

Pools in England were closed on Friday 20 March as part of the coronavirus lockdown – and operators had to wait 128 days until Saturday 25 July before they could allow customers in again.

Swim England  Jane Nickerson  Swimming pools  Leisure-net Solutions  4global  DataHub 
Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Related news
Related features
Sports jobs

Duty Manager - outdoor sports

Colchester Borough Council
Salary: £23,874 to £30,459
Location: Colchester, UK

Swim manager

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Gainsborough, UK

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: St Albans, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Stratford Upon Avon, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Rossmore, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Alton, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Washington, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: West Lindsey, United Kingdom
recruiting with sports management

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Nuneaton, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Fleet, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Watford, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Plymouth, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Spelthorne, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Slough, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Leicester, United Kingdom
recruiting with sports management

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Bordon, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Watford, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Blandford Forum, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Bishop's Stortford, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Dunstable, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Blaby, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Ealing, United Kingdom
training with sports management

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Ashfield, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Chichester, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Cotswold, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Stowmarket, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Sutton, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Poole, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Ealing, United Kingdom
lifeguard jobs  swimming teacher jobs  recreation assistant jobs  apprenticeships jobs  personal trainer jobs  Gymnastics Coach jobs  duty manager jobs  assistant manager jobs  general manager jobs  assistant general manager jobs  Catering Assistant jobs  Customer Services Advisor jobs 
More jobs

Company profile

Company profile: Jordan Fitness
Jordan Fitness have been at the forefront of premium gym design, with a strong reputation for high-quality functional fitness equipment, since it was established in 1989.
View full profile >
More company profiles

Featured Supplier

Carbon Trainer raises the bar in strength training with next-generation AI Fitness Mirror
Carbon, creators of the first AI-powered at-home fitness mirror that tracks workouts announces the launch of Carbon Trainer.
View full details >
More featured suppliers

Property & Tenders

Location: 11 - 25 Union St, London SE1 1SD
Company: Bankside Open Spaces Trust
Location: Waltham Abbey, Essex
Company: Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
More properties & tenders

Diary dates

21-24 Sep 2020
Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Coronado, United States
21-24 Sep 2020
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
22-23 Sep 2020
Heythrop Park, United Kingdom
07 Oct 2020
Online, Singapore, Singapore
More diary dates