A host of Olympic swimmers including Steve Parry and Mark Foster will be making a big splash in Radcliffe on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th June to celebrate the opening of the town’s new swimming pool at Radcliffe Leisure Centre.
The two day event, which sees the launch of the UK’s first 25m demountable above-ground swimming pool, is the result of a collaboration between Total Swimming and Bury Council and represents a £945K investment in the town’s leisure facilities.
On Friday 19th June, around 100 pupils from St Mary’s R.C. Primary School, Gorsefield Primary School, Wesley Methodist Primary School and Chapelfield Primary School will be taking the plunge in the new pool and joining in an action-packed morning of aquatic activities including mini water polo, synchronised swimming and the chance to race an Olympian including members of the London 2012 Waterpolo and Syncho teams.
Also attending the celebration event will be representatives from Bury Council including Deputy Leader, Councillor Rishi Shori.
A community day will follow on Saturday 20th June, when local residents will be invited to see the new swimming pool and take part in activities at the centre for just £1.00.
The new facility, located in the heart of the community and close to local transport links, will be operated and managed by Bury Leisure in conjunction with the existing leisure centre. It is expected to welcome thousands of visitors each year after the main pool at Radcliffe Leisure Centre was closed in December 2013 due to structural damage.
The new temporary pool, which is 1.2m deep, has four lanes and can accommodate up to 80 people at one time, will be used for public swimming and lessons along with clubs and schools making full use of the facilities throughout the day.
Bury Council spokesperson, Deputy Leader, Councillor Rishi Shori comments: “After the irreparable damage caused to the old pool by winter storms, we promised that we would create new facilities for the people of Radcliffe.
“This is a great new pool at a really convenient location where we can also offer gym, sport and fitness facilities all on one site.
“Although our long-term plan is to build a brand new permanent leisure centre on the site of the old one, it’s really important we continue to provide accessible fitness facilities to our residents. I’m sure the people of Radcliffe will make the most of the pool and what Radcliffe Leisure Centre as a whole has to offer.”
Steve Parry, Managing Director and co-founder of Total Swimming, explains: “The construction of a new temporary pool for Radcliffe is an important development for the local area and ensures that the community has continued access to first-class swimming facilities. I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved with Bury Council, who had the vision and funding for this project, and together we are helping to make a difference to people’s lives through swimming.”