Nowadays, swimming pools are very common to find in most countries. In Singapore, almost every estate has a public swimming complex. However, in other countries, getting to a swimming complex might be quite a distance away. Therefore, the Hull City Council’s Sports Development Team in England has teamed up along with the Total Swimming, the Amateur Swimming Association and Hull Leisure to bring a mobile swimming pool to North Bransholme.
This means that families living in North Bransholme would have a temporary swimming pool in their estate, where they can have easy access to at North Bransholme Community Centre. Furthermore, there will be swimming lessons being offered to residents along with other activities. This is part of the British Gas’s Pools 4 Schools programme. The pool will remain in the community centre until February 8th.
Janet McCoid, the chairman at the centre, believes that the mobile pool will be a welcome addition to the community. “We are limited with the facilities we have in this area, so to be able to offer the swimming pool to children and families is brilliant. There has already been a lot of interest in the activities so, hopefully, it will be a big draw for kids on the estate. The sessions only cost £2, so it is much cheaper than having lessons elsewhere which is another big advantage of the pool,” she explained.
Janet is hoping that with the introduction of a swimming pool, the interest and popularity of the sport will rise. Through this, she hopes that it can help to persuade bus companies to introduce a service from North Bransholme to Ennerdale Leisure Centre, which is the closest swimming pool to the estate. Vicky Turner, the mobile pools project manager at Total Swimming, added that the pool would enable more people to learn to swim. “Swimming is a life skill and not always available to all children and their families. To be able to offer this facility to communities is fantastic and something we are very proud of,” she stated.
The temporary swimming pool has a dimension of 12m by 6m and a total capacity of up to 26 people. It will be open seven days a week and schools will also have the opportunity to book sessions at the pool as part of their teaching day. For the full story, you can check it out here.