Swimming club 'gutted' about pool closure

The old pool

The old pool

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Members of a swimming club in Kings Langley are "gutted" that the pool they use will be demolished.

Kings Langley Swimming Club, which uses the pool at Kings Langley Secondary School, will have to relocate after it discovered that the pool would not be part of the rebuild plans for the school.

However, the swimming club has been assured by the headteacher of the Love Lane school, Gary Lewis, that the pool will be open until July 2016.

The swimming club boasts almost 200 members.

Club coach Lesley Foster said: "Obviously we are gutted because we have a swimming club and we have nowhere for the kids to swim.

"We have facilities at another swimming pool that we can use, so what we would do in the initial stages is downsize the club sufficiently, to enable us to carry it over to the other pool."

The swimming club has used the pool in Love Lane since 1972 but is now having to use a swimming pool in Rickmansworth, but space is limited and may restrict the number of children able to join the club.

The 54 year-old said: "If we can get a little bit of extra space at the place we’re at, we would hope to certainly continue the club. We might need to drop the "learn to swim" initially, however, we’re hoping to at least try and keep some of that, or try and keep all of it if we can, we haven’t got enough hours at the pool that we’re at."

She added: "Obviously, for us, we’re Kings Langley Swimming Club, we would like to remain in Kings Langley, the other pool we use is in Rickmansworth and it would be a loss for the community."

As part of the contract between the Education Funding Agency and the school, the pool will not be rebuilt when the re-building of the school begins. 

Frances Stickley, chairman of governors told the Watford Observer, that the school was disappointed but the Education Funding Agency made the final decision.

She said: "When they came to parcel up the land for use for the future school, the school swimming pool was not going to be considered part of that future build. The school is disappointed, but this was the decision of the EFA."

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1:31pm Wed 23 Apr 14

RadioactiveRant says...

So the new school will have fewer tangible amenities than the old school? wtf?

Its like the health campus with no health facilities.
So the new school will have fewer tangible amenities than the old school? wtf? Its like the health campus with no health facilities. RadioactiveRant
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2:14pm Wed 23 Apr 14

captain lard says...

RadioactiveRant wrote:
So the new school will have fewer tangible amenities than the old school? wtf?

Its like the health campus with no health facilities.
So how many schools have swimming pools?
Kings Langley is getting a brand new school built with money from central government, I think losing the pool, although not ideal, is a small price to pay.
[quote][p][bold]RadioactiveRant[/bold] wrote: So the new school will have fewer tangible amenities than the old school? wtf? Its like the health campus with no health facilities.[/p][/quote]So how many schools have swimming pools? Kings Langley is getting a brand new school built with money from central government, I think losing the pool, although not ideal, is a small price to pay. captain lard
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2:19pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Greenbank Horn says...

This is a real shame and something the EFA need to be held to account for. My kids go to the school (which is excellent by the way) but also swim for the club. I'm therefore very supportive of the new build, which the school is in desperate need of, but also of the club. Although small, it's a tremendous and well run club with excellent coaches who do a wonderful job in terms of supporting and developing the kids who are members. Finding club space at other local pools will be very difficult and will mean that the local focus is lost.

I feel for both the school and club here but know these things have to stack up financially. What price encouraging kids to take up these type of sporting and club activities. Not much evidence of the Olympics legacy here just more profit for the developers!!
This is a real shame and something the EFA need to be held to account for. My kids go to the school (which is excellent by the way) but also swim for the club. I'm therefore very supportive of the new build, which the school is in desperate need of, but also of the club. Although small, it's a tremendous and well run club with excellent coaches who do a wonderful job in terms of supporting and developing the kids who are members. Finding club space at other local pools will be very difficult and will mean that the local focus is lost. I feel for both the school and club here but know these things have to stack up financially. What price encouraging kids to take up these type of sporting and club activities. Not much evidence of the Olympics legacy here just more profit for the developers!! Greenbank Horn
  • Score: 7

2:20pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Greenbank Horn says...

captain lard wrote:
RadioactiveRant wrote:
So the new school will have fewer tangible amenities than the old school? wtf?

Its like the health campus with no health facilities.
So how many schools have swimming pools?
Kings Langley is getting a brand new school built with money from central government, I think losing the pool, although not ideal, is a small price to pay.
Quite a few actually.....
[quote][p][bold]captain lard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RadioactiveRant[/bold] wrote: So the new school will have fewer tangible amenities than the old school? wtf? Its like the health campus with no health facilities.[/p][/quote]So how many schools have swimming pools? Kings Langley is getting a brand new school built with money from central government, I think losing the pool, although not ideal, is a small price to pay.[/p][/quote]Quite a few actually..... Greenbank Horn
  • Score: 2

3:27pm Wed 23 Apr 14

captain lard says...

Greenbank Horn wrote:
captain lard wrote:
RadioactiveRant wrote:
So the new school will have fewer tangible amenities than the old school? wtf?

Its like the health campus with no health facilities.
So how many schools have swimming pools?
Kings Langley is getting a brand new school built with money from central government, I think losing the pool, although not ideal, is a small price to pay.
Quite a few actually.....
Locally?
[quote][p][bold]Greenbank Horn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]captain lard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RadioactiveRant[/bold] wrote: So the new school will have fewer tangible amenities than the old school? wtf? Its like the health campus with no health facilities.[/p][/quote]So how many schools have swimming pools? Kings Langley is getting a brand new school built with money from central government, I think losing the pool, although not ideal, is a small price to pay.[/p][/quote]Quite a few actually.....[/p][/quote]Locally? captain lard
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