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School’s £100k plea for pool

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26 JUL

School’s £100k plea for pool

By timesecholife on in All News, Featured News

NATIONAL swimmers have given their backing to a massive appeal launched by a Uttoxeter school.

Thomas Alleynes High School has launched a crowd-funding bid for urgent repairs to its swimming pool which has been closed for more than seven months.

Dove Valley Swimming Club and competitive swimmers who have previously used the pool have joined the campaign to help raise £100,000.

National swimming champion Laura Evans said: “Thomas Alleyne’s swimming pool has been invaluable for enabling young competitive swimmers to train and compete.

“The facility is vital to provide pool time to swimmers at a competitive level.

“I myself used the pool each week in the build up to the national championships.”

The pool has also been used as the swim school for Dove Valley ASC and the loss of the facility has been branded a ‘retrograde step’ for young swimmers in the area.

Headteacher at the school, Julie Rudge, said: “As a school, we share our facilities with our local community at all possible opportunities.

“Our swimming pool has ensured that many young people and adults have had the opportunity to learn to swim. It has also been the venue for numerous swimming galas.

“At a time when Adam Peaty is representing Great Britain in swimming, it would be a loss to see the pool, which is based at the heart of his home town, close permanently.

“He has inspired many to swim in our area, and yet the facility has been unavailable for seven months.

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