A local community swimming pool was celebrating on Friday as Robin Walker MP joined staff, volunteers and trustees to receive a £50,000 donation from Sport England's new "Places People Play" fund. The money will form part of the Olympic legacy in Worcester and follows a previous announcement of funding from Sport England for the Worcester Arena.
The Worcester Citizen's Swimming pool has been providing swimming facilities and lessons to the West side of Worcester for many years and their building, at the end of the Weir Lane Industrial Estate, needs a new roof. The contribution from Sport England will jumpstart the process of fundraising for this new roof and support ambitious plans to upgrade the facilities available for the public.
Worcester's MP sent a letter of support to Sport England, the government's body for supporting the sports when the trustees of the Citizen's Swimming Pool lodged an appeal for funding and was delighted to join them in receiving the cheque.
"This is a wonderful boost for a very valuable local community facility. It is fantastic to know that, in the run up to the Olympic year, we are getting some very real support and funding for sports in Worcester. People from all over Worcester, but particularly the West side of the Severn, enjoy this community swimming pool and many of my constituents learned to swim there. This investment will help to keep it available for many years to come."
"I know that the trustees have further plans for improving their facilities and I was very pleased to hear the representative of Sport England confirm that they are open to further bids for future rounds of funding, along with local fundraising and the support of business, these will help to make this an even better facility for swimmers in the future. Today's news will ensure that the Worcester Citizens' Swimming Pool enjoys a happy Christmas and a strong start to 2012."
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