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Aspire provides charity inspiration
Blake Aldridge (right) ready to take on the Apire challenge
Pool campaign fails
Campaigners fighting to re-open a
75-year-old outdoor swimming
pool have given up.
It was estimated it would cost
close to £500,000 to get the lido
be swimming the distance of the at Hendy near Llanelli up and
English Channel to help raise in running again. Residents fought to
excess of £500,000 for one of raise funds but the campaign
the UK’s leading spinal cord committee has voted to end the
injury charities Aspire. struggle. The pool had been
Linden Lodge School is taking closed since 2002 due to safety
part in the Aspire Channel Swim issues. It will now be filled in and
for the first time this year and the buildings demolished.
must complete the challenge by
Sunday 7 December 2008.
Spinal cord injury has a Aquatic centres advice
devastating effect on the 1,200 Fluidra, through its parent
World champion diver, Blake solo crossing is the target of PE people who become paralysed company AstralPool, has signed
Aldridge is to support 120 Teacher Tim Richmond. each year. The individual affected an agreement with the Aspro Ocio
children and 200 staff from Blake, who took part in the will lose muscle and sensory Group, the largest operator in
Linden Lodge School in Team GB Olympic Parade control and the vast majority Europe of leisure parks and
Wimbledon Park, London in through central London, learnt become full time wheelchair centres to give advice and training
three channel crossings by to dive when he was five. users for the rest of their lives. services at its aquatic facilities.
taking part in the Aspire He said: “The work Aspire Swimming is one of the best The firm owns leisure centres
Channel Swim. does is so important, it is vital to forms of exercise, burning such as the Barcelona Aquarium,
The majority of the children provide more independence for around 400 calories an hour, and Marineland, Aqualand and
are visually impaired and multi- people with spinal injuries. I can be done by everyone of any Western Park. Engineers will act as
disabled visual impaired and think the challenge Linden age. It helps build stamina and consultants in the selection of
they aim to complete before School is doing is fantastic. The burns calories. products and maintenance
December one 22 mile crossing children are showing that you systems at its 13 leisure parks and
with all the staff forming a team can do anything if you put your centres with aquatic facilities.
to swim the distance of the mind to it.”
second crossing. The third and The pupils and the staff will
New manager
Lee Clark is the new centre
Manager for Fairfield Pool and
Leisure Centre in Dartford. The
facility includes a 25 metre pool
London 2012 officials plan to is considering bids from during the Games. The and teaching pool and full leisure
recoup millions of pounds from overseas as part of the pledge temporary pools are centre facilities.
the cost of hosting the 2012 to the International Olympic reportedly needed for the
Summer Olympic Games by Committee to boost sport in athletes during the Games
auctioning off temporary arenas developing nations. because of a severe shortage New British Swimming
and swimming pools. A source said, “Everything of permanent Olympic-sized chairman
Hundreds of offers are that is not screwed to the floor pools elsewhere in London. Alistair Gray, a leading strategy
expected from bidders that will form part of what can be Also being auctioned off is consultant with vast experience of
include governing bodies, sold off. The venues will be the entire water polo venue the sporting sector, has been
universities and district councils, marketed as having had one next to the Aquatics Centre, appointed as the new Chairman of
looking to purchase Games careful owner.” which includes two 33-metre British Swimming. Gray, the
venues, seating, lighting, Popular items expected to go pools and 5,000 seats. Each founder and Managing Director of
heating and playing surfaces. quickly include four Olympic- water polo pool will be Genesis, has led major strategic
The auction will be run by sized pools - giant tanks which reconfigured to 50 metres in reviews of many sporting
Sport England on behalf of the will be erected in the Olympic the hopes of increasing the governing bodies and will
Olympic Delivery Authority who Park for swimmers training resale value. spearhead British Swimming’s
Board up to 2012.
New MD for Spaform UK
Glasgow pool re-opens
One of Glasgow’s most popular
Spaform UK Ltd Peter Spraggs, Managing Director, has resigned as a director to swimming pools has re-opened –
move to the automotive industry. Since joining Spaform in October 2006, Peter’s after months of repairs. Scotstoun
primary focus has been the strengthening of Spaform commercial activity, Leisure Centre’s pool closed in
especially marketing, and its distribution channels throughout Europe. Alan July after bosses discovered faults
Cook, Operations Director, will take over the role of Managing Director. in the support struts holding up
He has been with Spaform since 1999. Alan said: “Our plan is to continue the roof. But the pool re-opened
focusing on strengthening the Spaform brand and ensuring that the last month ahead of schedule.
customer is central to our activities through our Commercial team of Paul
Garratt, Susanne Bendeus and Ralph Ziegler.”
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