Swim England has revealed the 20 sites across the UK, which are receiving funding to create inclusive swimming environments for people with long-term health conditions, impairments and rehabilitation needs. The London Marathon Charitable Trust (The Trust) provided a £750,000 grant to allow Swim England and partners - Activity Alliance, Community Leisure UK and GLL – to enhance the swimming amenities at these community pools.
All organisations receiving funding for their pools are community leisure trusts who, as registered charities or societies, reinvest all profits into those community facilities and services.
The funding is being used for training, to provide accessible pool sessions, to implement facility changes and to install a PoolPod at each site.
A PoolPod is a sliding, submersible platform designed to provide those with mobility limitations with a dignified access to swimming pools. PoolPods were created following a design competition organised by The Trust as part of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games.