Rickmansworth School pool to become the home of Watford Swimming Club

Rickmansworth School’s new pool is due to become the training ground for Watford Swimming Club.

Acting headteacher, Mark Allchorn, said the partnership means the Scots Hill school has the opportunity to "become a centre of excellence for swimming in the county".

The secondary school’s pool closed in November last year as significant repair work needed to be carried out.

The facilities are due to reopen in February following a substantial regeneration project costing more than £600,000.

Watford Swimming Club currently uses nine pools, teaching more than 350 members.

Simon White, director of PE at the school, said: "We are delighted to welcome Watford Swimming Club to our school. We have some fantastic swimmers at Rickmansworth and this is a great opportunity to provide a pathway for those wanting to swim competitively."

Mr Allchorn said: "This significant partnership will ensure that the legacy of the Sport England grant makes a huge impact on our pupils. We now have a real chance to become a centre of excellence for swimming in the county and, in time, nationally."

Renovations will include a new plant room, new roof, windows and doors. The changing rooms will also include a changing village with disabled access.

David Rayner, Amateur Swimming Association's Hertfordshire aquatic officer, said: "It is great news that Rickmansworth School Pool is reopening as this will provide fantastic opportunities for not only the pupils at the school, but also the wider community through a varied pool programme.

"The depth of the pool also allows aquatic disciplines such as water polo and synchronised swimming to play a part, enabling a wide variety of feeder programmes from school and community into local clubs."

The school has received a £380,000 grant from the Education Funding Agency and a £150,000 grant from the Sport England Legacy Fund.

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6:43pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Agentlizzy says...

Actually community swimming lessons including babes, water polo, adult learn to swim, fitness training for tri-athletes etc have been provided in this pool for 25 years until last November. We will be continuing to use that provider at another venue further away from us because loyalty means something to us.
Actually community swimming lessons including babes, water polo, adult learn to swim, fitness training for tri-athletes etc have been provided in this pool for 25 years until last November. We will be continuing to use that provider at another venue further away from us because loyalty means something to us. Agentlizzy

11:56pm Thu 2 Jan 14

rickyalex says...

As a family we swim with the swimming school that have been kicked out of the Rickmansworth School pool. That club has 500 children and adults on their books, mostly Croxley residents. What can Watford Swimming Club offer us? Neither of my children are club swimmers (we have tried so we know we are too slow). And isn't Watford Pool the home of Watford SwimmingClub?
As a family we swim with the swimming school that have been kicked out of the Rickmansworth School pool. That club has 500 children and adults on their books, mostly Croxley residents. What can Watford Swimming Club offer us? Neither of my children are club swimmers (we have tried so we know we are too slow). And isn't Watford Pool the home of Watford SwimmingClub? rickyalex

8:11pm Sat 4 Jan 14

CroxleyJoe says...

I can't see that this 'news' is anything to celebrate. The net effect is that we seem to be loosing the expertise and dedication of the current provider. The services that they have provided to the community of Croxley Green for the last 25 years have been substantial. My family have been going to the pool for the last 10 years - both my daughters have learn to swim and to enjoy swimming and my wife and I have got fit, lost weight, learned to play water polo and joined a real community group. I don't see the narrow focus of a formal swimming club offering the same benefit to education, community inclusion and health across a whole range of ages groups . I hope the Governors of the school will reconsider their decision.
I can't see that this 'news' is anything to celebrate. The net effect is that we seem to be loosing the expertise and dedication of the current provider. The services that they have provided to the community of Croxley Green for the last 25 years have been substantial. My family have been going to the pool for the last 10 years - both my daughters have learn to swim and to enjoy swimming and my wife and I have got fit, lost weight, learned to play water polo and joined a real community group. I don't see the narrow focus of a formal swimming club offering the same benefit to education, community inclusion and health across a whole range of ages groups . I hope the Governors of the school will reconsider their decision. CroxleyJoe

9:20pm Mon 6 Jan 14

angell74 says...

I am sorry but I do not see how this decision is good news for the local community. Selecting Watford Swim School is very short sighted and, in my opinion, shows a lack of understanding of Sport for England's stated objective of seeking 'to ensure that communities have access to sufficient, high quality sports facilities that are fit for purpose.'

Watford Swim School state that they 'aim to promote swimming locally, in an atmosphere where all swimmers can experience the fun of competition and reach their full potential.' I am sorry but how does this encourage a wider community involvement in Sport? I am a good swimmer but I don't want or need to experience competition and I am sure I am not alone in this.

My family have been using the facilities at Rickmansworth swim school for over 10 years with a different swim school that has always placed value on keeping swimming fun - making it a skill for life not just another place where children can be marked, graded and judged.

Shame on you Rickmansworth school you have made a decision that limits choice for families in the area and devalues the real contribution that swimming facilities can have to a local community.
I am sorry but I do not see how this decision is good news for the local community. Selecting Watford Swim School is very short sighted and, in my opinion, shows a lack of understanding of Sport for England's stated objective of seeking 'to ensure that communities have access to sufficient, high quality sports facilities that are fit for purpose.' Watford Swim School state that they 'aim to promote swimming locally, in an atmosphere where all swimmers can experience the fun of competition and reach their full potential.' I am sorry but how does this encourage a wider community involvement in Sport? I am a good swimmer but I don't want or need to experience competition and I am sure I am not alone in this. My family have been using the facilities at Rickmansworth swim school for over 10 years with a different swim school that has always placed value on keeping swimming fun - making it a skill for life not just another place where children can be marked, graded and judged. Shame on you Rickmansworth school you have made a decision that limits choice for families in the area and devalues the real contribution that swimming facilities can have to a local community. angell74

10:41pm Tue 7 Jan 14

sadwaterpoloplayer says...

The current provider has been badly treated and is unique in the way that it caters for babies through to adults of all abilities. This service is not offered by a swimming club.

There are no other providers that train local adults (from triathletes representing GB, to swimmers of all levels just wanting to keep fit and mix with the local community). This service is very well respected locally and has been sorely missed all year. To think that we had all that in Croxley and now seem to be losing it is incredibly sad.

It is great news for Watford Swimming club that they won't have to use several different pools all around Watford, but what about families in Croxley and those that want swimming and water polo back at Rickmansworth School for everyone?

There are 30 hours of swim time available, so why hasn't this been shared fairly? The current provider has an excellent track record, has done plenty for the school pool over the last 25 years including recently helping to secure the funding described and even saving the deep end!

The current provider has been treated disgracefully by the school and I hope that there will now be a full investigation into how this decision was made.
So sad for all their swimmers who were eagerly waiting to use the newly refurbished pool.
The current provider has been badly treated and is unique in the way that it caters for babies through to adults of all abilities. This service is not offered by a swimming club. There are no other providers that train local adults (from triathletes representing GB, to swimmers of all levels just wanting to keep fit and mix with the local community). This service is very well respected locally and has been sorely missed all year. To think that we had all that in Croxley and now seem to be losing it is incredibly sad. It is great news for Watford Swimming club that they won't have to use several different pools all around Watford, but what about families in Croxley and those that want swimming and water polo back at Rickmansworth School for everyone? There are 30 hours of swim time available, so why hasn't this been shared fairly? The current provider has an excellent track record, has done plenty for the school pool over the last 25 years including recently helping to secure the funding described and even saving the deep end! The current provider has been treated disgracefully by the school and I hope that there will now be a full investigation into how this decision was made. So sad for all their swimmers who were eagerly waiting to use the newly refurbished pool. sadwaterpoloplayer

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