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50 metre pool planned
for Preston
A steering group called Lancashire
2012, part of the Lancashire Spaform have been enjoying a
Sports Partnership, which has busy double this summer with
been working since June last year charity events.
to “make sure the people of The spa specialists held the
Lancashire are inspired by London annual charity bike ride
2012” – has announced plans for a supporting the Calvert Trust
50 metre pool to be built. Exmoor. All proceeds from the
It has earmarked swimming as sponsored bike ride went
its legacy sports and plans are towards the outdoor adventure
now afoot for an Olympic- centre, which provides a
standard pool in the county. plethora of activities to
Preston is the first choice of all challenge people, regardless of
parties concerned. age or disability.
The proposals, which could also The route took the Spaform
Spaform sponsored the drinks reception at
include the creation of an team on a 24 mile route of the
Westbourne House School in West Sussex
“Olympic village” with retail units, disused railway line at Wickham,
have been welcomed by Preston Hampshire. trailer, sent a group to the boasted an impressive line up of
Swimming Club. Calvert Trust Exmoor is at Christmas Panto and the international cricket legends
The club which currently meets Wistlandpound Reservoir, on the remainder went towards a fund such as John Snow, Bob Parkes
at West View and Fulwood leisure edge of Exmoor National Park . raising disco – so every penny and Tony Pigott playing for the
centres, is already producing top The trust will use all proceeds made a difference. Old England XI.
swimmers including World Youth from the event to help with the The company also attended In support of this worthy
Champion Daniel Sliwinski, 18. purchase of additional The Duke of Richmond’s XI cause Spaform supported the
ClubchairmanPeterMason,who resources for this worthy cause versus Old England XI cricket event by sponsoring the drinks
isalsochairmanoftheforum,said: in the form of a piece of match at Westbourne House reception and attending the
“Thereisno50mswimmingpoolin equipment, such as a hand School, West Sussex, in support event with a Prestige 50 spa.
Lancashirewhichmeansthatour cranked bike or canoe. of the Boxgrove Priory This also aimed to raise
swimmers,suchasDanielwhoisa Last year’s bike ride raise Restoration Appeal. awareness of Spaform as a local
real2012goldmedalhopeful,have almost £3,000 for the Minstead The event marks a long spa manufacturer.
totraveltoManchestertousethe Training Project in the New standing relationship the school Local dealers Serenity Hot Tubs
facilitiesthere.” Forest. The funds were used to shares with the sport. A first at and Crosdil Leisure represented
purchase a tandem bicycle and Westbourne house, the event Spaform at the event.
Alkorplan liners at
Pools no longer a home
Pool membranes from European
Swimming comes first
specialist Renolit were used at the
investment – if they ever were!
aquatic events in the Beijing
Olympics. The deal confirmed a Home Mortgage lender Abbey finds local tradespeople, Sportspark, the swimming
tradition of Alkorplan 2000 National has angered the pool swimming pools come top of and sports centre based at
membranes at Olympic Games. industry with a warning that the list of ways to waste money the University of East Anglia
The main pool of the swimming virtually all big-ticket expenditure on your home. in Norwich, has begun
centre was renovated using the homes is now pointless from an “Anyone ‘investing’ in a construction on its new
Myrtha technology, the floor being investment point of view. swimming pool is an idiot,” says £3.8m sports hall.
lined with over 1,200 m² of Estate agents have taken the Alison Cork, founder of The hall, designed by R H
Alkorplan 2000 waterproofing warning as confirmation that at problemsolved. “You splurge on Partnership Architects, will
membrane. This pool hosted the the top of the waste of money a swimming pool. You splash out boast a sprung wooden floor,
events of water polo and the invest lists are swimming pools. on a swimming pool. You don’t fluorescentlighting,tintedblock
Modern Pentathlon swimming After years in which property invest in a swimming pool.” work and electronic scoring.
discipline of the Olympic Games. makeover programmes have She said that swimming pools Sportspark is hoping to
It also served as a training pool for encouraged adding to homes cost up to £20,000 and can establish a model for the
the swimmers. extend, remodel and rebuild, make a home less attractive to development of basketball
the truth is that in today’s falling families with small children and and volleyball in the UK, as
property market, anything more those worried about high they appeal to both genders
Portugal trade show than cosmetic improvement is upkeep and heating costs. and a variety of age groups.
The Portuguese specialist pool just not worth it. Estate agency chain Spicer Keith Nicholls, Director of
and spa trade show takes place “Home improvements no Haart also ranks swimming PhysicalEducationandSportat
in Santarem from 16-19 longer make you money,” says pools as the number one Sportspark, said: “The
October. The event is expected Phil Cliff, Director of Abbey worthless home improvement. development of this indoor
to attract visitors from Spain Mortgages. Its research found “A swimming pool will sink your arena is a fantastic coup for the
and France. The Portuguese that 30% of estate agents have profits,” it says. region,particularlyasitisoneof
trade although much smaller changed their advice in the past The only home improvement the first development models
than its Spanish neighbour has 12 months when it comes to that genuinely adds to the value of its kind to be piloted in the
shown significant growth in the home improvements. of your home, according to country.” Work is expected to
past two years. According to website Abbey, is a new lick of paint and be completed in February., which other cosmetic additions.
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