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Rickmansworth School's pool set to re-open in new year after receiving Olympic Legacy Fund grant
The swimming pool at Rickmansworth School is set to re-open in the new year after securing £150,000 Olympic Legacy Fund.
The Scots Hill secondary school has received the cash boost from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund to regenerate its dilapidated swimming pool.
The old pool closed in October last year. Since then, swimming has been removed from the curriculum.
Assistant head teacher, Chris Hambleton, said this recent cash influx is "fantastic" as it will benefit future generations in years to come.
He said: "At a time when so many school pools are closing we are absolutely thrilled to have received funding from Sport England meaning the pool can re-open to its pupils and the local community."
Earlier this year, the school received a substantial grant from the Educational Funding Agency.
School senior management say they expect this, coupled with the Sport England funding, will ensure the pool re-opens early in the New Year.
More than 400 Rickmansworth School pupils attended the Olympic Games last year.
Mr Hambleton said: "We took a lot of the kids to the Olympics last year and they absolutely loved it, so it’s fantastic news that the school and its pupils will benefit from this legacy programme."
Director of PE, Simon White, said: "We cannot thank Sport England enough, being able to teach children to swim is so important and we can’t wait to get back in the pool."
Sport England’s Chair, Nick Bitel, said: "A year on from the Olympics, this National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Rickmansworth." Three hundred projects were successful in this round of Inspired Facilities funding which has now funded more than 1,300 local sports projects across the country.
Earlier this year, the school opened its £3.2 million Sports Complex, which includes a five cricket lane sports hall, fitness studio, dance studio, astro turf and an additional sports field. Mr Hambleton said the pool, which was originally opened in the 1970s, had to close because it was "beyond repair".
The old pool had to close because it was 'beyond repair'
It is expected that the size of the new pool will remain the same as the old one, and a huge regeneration project will see improvement works including a new roof, windows, changing rooms, turning it into a "very modern facility".
Mr Hambleton said that, since its closure, the school has been committed to re-opening the pool and has worked hard to secure the funds required.
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