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Bridgwater swimming pool opens
Updated 3:02pm Friday 1st March 2013 in News
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- Bridgwater's new £6.3million, 25-metre pool opened on Friday morning.
- Ceremony at 10am, with members of Bridgwater Amateur Swimming Club attending
- Mercury reporter Kirsty James will be there - follow her @mercurykjames
- Twitter users - use the hashtag #bridgwaterpool
Don Symes, chairman of Bridgwater Swimming Club, told the Mercury the group is hoping that being located in a prominent place in town will allow membership to grow.
The club has been based at Quantock Lodge in Over Stowey for the past three years.
He said: “This pool will benefit a range of age groups.
“We will be meeting here two evenings a week on Mondays and Fridays.
“People are more than welcome to come along on a Friday evening and see how we operate or visit www.bridgwaterswim.co.uk.”
While readers are thankful Bridgwater has a new pool, many still miss the old Splash – let us know what you think #bridgwaterpool— @MercuryKJames 01 March 2013
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Taken by Mercury photographer Jeff Searle
David Flack, president of Bridgwater Swimming Club and development officer for Somerset Amateur Swimming Association also attended the opening.
He said: “Before we would practice at the old Sedgemoor Splash site but it became obvious it was not fit for purpose. Today we’ve seen a fantastic result of three and a half years work.
“Bridgwater Swimming Club is celebrating 120 years of the club and it’s really fitting that we should be moving to a new facility, provided by SDC, which is not only fit for purpose for the club but for the community as well.”
Councillor Gill Slocombe, chair of Sedgemoor District Council, was delighted to attend the opening. She said: “I think the whole of the community will benefit from this project - young and old.
“People will be able to do the leisure side, because this is a combination pool, but this is a real community leisure facility for everyone.”
Lauren Dodden, 16, is a member of Bridgwater Swimming Club. She told the Mercury: “This new pool is a lot more accessible for the community.
“Swimming clubs only survive due to dedicated parents travelling far to take their children to pools outside of town. We’ve also had a few cancelled sessions due to snow.
“Here we’re going to be training twice a week now. It makes it a lot easier for people to join in, so hopefully the club can grow and get better.”
The swim co-ordinator Ricky Hayes at the new pool. He says the new facility will be able to be used for competitions http://t.co/nXwGVys3JA— @MercuryKJames 01 March 2013
Ricky Hayes, swim co-ordinator at 1610, will be in charge of managing the staff at the new pool, along with a host of activities.
He said the new facility will be more of a benefit to the town than the old Splash pool, which had various limitations affecting the activities which could take part there.
“The Splash could only really be used for fun activities, whereas this new pool can be used for both types,” said Ricky.
“Children can still have fun with inflatables and equipment for events such as birthday parties, but because it’s a standard pool it can be used for galas and sub-aqua groups - teaching snorkelling and scuba diving. We didn’t have the depth of water at the Splash site to do that.”
He added that the pool has been measured by the Amateur Swimming Association and has been deemed suitable for competitions and is also equipped for electronic timing in the future, should the facility wish to explore that route.
FIRST quick pictures of today's pool opening!
Members of Bridgwater Swimming Club take the first plunge.
10:27am Fri 1 Mar 13
Great news, but shame about the parking it's a joke!
It's Friday! Our #ff goes to @bridgwaterswim @1610active @SedgemoorDC - The new pool in #Bridgwater is opening today! Woop!— @FuturesSomerset 01 March 2013
THERE'S less than one hour until the official opening of Bridgwater's new pool.
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