A damning new report in the wake of the GB team’s swimming success at Tokyo 2020 shows that nearly half of England’s swimming pools are at risk of being closed by the end of the decade.
Of the country’s 4,336 current facilities, it is expected that only 2,468 will remain by 2030 if the trend of closures continues and no new bathing areas replace them.
National governing body Swim England, whose ‘A decade of decline’ report is released on Wednesday, is now calling on the government to invest £ 1bn in public leisure facilities to help renovate existing pools and build new ones .
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“This is a very disturbing report that could impact millions of people across the country,” said Jane Nickerson, Managing Director of Swim England.
“Swimming pools are essential to the future of all of our water sports if we are to feed the next Adam Peaty, Tom Daley, Anna Hopkin or Maisie Summers-Newton.
“Without the proper investment in the new swimming pools this country needs, we predict a huge drop in available aquatic space by the end of the decade, threatening the future of our sports, leaving millions of people excluded from activities. that they love and increasing inequalities in health. .
“We hope the government and local authorities will take note and work with us to prevent these ominous predictions from becoming a reality. It’s time to act. ‘
The impending shortage is based on swimming pools built in the 1960s and 1970s and coming to the end of their life, with not enough new facilities built to replace them. The coronavirus pandemic has only exacerbated the problem.
Officials want government to help keep facilities open and feed the next Adam Peaty