Memorandum submitted by Leicester Synchronized
Swimming and all other aquatic disciplines are
very important to every section of the community from safety in
the water and learning to swim to swimming for health and fitness.
Within the City of Leicester there are satellite
pools for the teaching and coaching of swimming but there is no
pool catering for the needs of competitive swimming and the coaching
of competitive synchronised swimming swimmers.
The excellent facility of St Margarets Baths
having been demolished during 2000 has meant that no events have
been held within the city. It must be stated that Leicester has
hosted many swimming events from club to major championship level.
The City has also hosted the Amateur Swimming
Association's National Championships, National Age Groups and
the Junior European Championships in Synchronized Swimming where
deep water is essential. Also held within the city have been ASA
Midland District Championships, Great Britain Senior and Junior
Squad Training and District Development Sessions (all for synchro).
From a local community point of view, the present
club no longer has the opportunity to train in water deeper than
1.8 metre and preparing members for competitions proves very difficult
indeed. The participants of the sport are mainly females with
ages between seven and 25 plus years.
Therefore, the provision of a pool, with facilities
for the community and the competitive aspect of the Sport of Swimming
is essential to enable everyone to participate be they children,
mothers and babies, general public, community groups, competitive
swimmers and synchro. swimmers.
28 November 2001