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Swim club welcomes new plans
6:00am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
A swimming club has given a cautious welcome to plans for four new pools, saying they would be better geared towards athletes.
The new pools would have swimming lanes and moveable floors, allowing them to be sloped for general use, then flattened out when required for competitive swimmers.
The city-centre ‘super-pool’ would be a 25-metre, eight-lane pool with a separate diving pool and children’s pool, while the community pools would be 25 metres long with six lanes.
A report setting out the plans says the current facilities fall below modern standards for swimming lessons and athlete development.
Andy Mitchell, chairman of Bradford Swimming Club, said: “Having looked at the proposals my initial thoughts are mostly positive.
“Among the considerations of cost savings and environmental benefits I am pleased to see that the document highlights the issues of lack of current pool time available to local swimming clubs and the impact that this has on the long term athlete development of our competitive swimmers.”
He said it was refreshing to see the commitment to making sure the new facilities were up and running before existing ones were decommissioned, saying this had not always happened in the past.
And he said the new pools would be better for competitive swimmers.
He said: “The specifications listed appear to meet the criteria required for both recreational and competitive swimming, which is not something that can be said of the pools earmarked for closure.
“Hopefully the involvement of the Amateur Swimming Association in these discussions will result in facilities that are fit for purpose.”
But Mr Mitchell said until the location of the new pools was revealed, it was difficult to say what the impact would be on individual sports clubs.
He said: “From a purely personal perspective at Bradford Swimming Club and not currently training at the pools earmarked for closure, this should in fact provide an extremely positive outcome.”