Memorandum submitted by Derbyshire Amateur
THE SPORT OF SWIMMINGEIGHT LANE COMPETITIVE
POOL FOR EVERY COUNTY
The National Performance Director for Swimming
is always critical of the availability of water time and the cost
of our competitive athletes in England.
Derbyshire has no 50m pool, although we are
reasonably close to the Sheffield Ponds Forge Complexbut
at a price. We do have some 25m pools which are well run by the
District Councils concerned but these are beginning to wear and
lack the necessary modern technologies to support not only the
able-bodied competitive swimmers but especially the disabled swimmers.
What a luxury, but surely a necessity, to have
an eight lane pool we could call our own. Essentially, somewhere
central where both North and South of the County could access
easily. The County Championships and Competitions would benefit
Derbyshire are well ready to support such a
project. Because of the County's vision in forming the Derbyshire
and Peak Park Sports Recreation Forum there is already a partnership/management
team in place. The Active sport programme has been successfully
launched; the uptake of Swim 21 is good and the Derbyshire Amateur
Swimming Association is financially sound and ready to lend support.
Derbyshire swim squad is newly promoted to Division
1 of the National Inter-County Competition. So you can guess that
swimmers, parents, coaches and volunteers are all on a high. What
better time to have a new facility worthy of our able and disabled
bodied swimmers dedication to their sport.
21 November 2001