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Ilkley bids to save lido
Lovers of Ilkley’s outdoor WINS PRAISE
swimming pool have taken the Olympic swimmer Steve
plunge and set up a Friends of Parry was so concerned not
Ilkley Lido group. They want to enough pupils are taking
raise money to secure the future swimming lessons, he’s
of the pool and are planning long- helped organise a pop-up
term improvements. Like the pool to travel around schools
Friends group at the King’s Hall in England.
Winter Garden complex in Ilkley, You can put it together in a
they would have access to school gym, main hall or
charitable sources of cash, unlike even a canteen!
the lido’s owner, Bradford Council, He wants at least 30,000
which at present is solely kids to have a go in time for
responsible for funding the the next Olympics in 2012.
outdoor and indoor swimming The revolutionary 12m
pools in Ilkley. Now a group of pool was inserted into a mini
regular pool users have got sports hall at King Edward’s The Hadleigh family of gave them a full sized swimming
together to form the Friends Aston in Frederick Road, Ombersley in Worcestershire pool with an enclosure that can
group and are looking for people Aston, as part of the national had always wanted an indoor be used most of the year. The
to join them and suggest ideas for initiative. Total Swimming is pool but in actuality the costs 8.4m x 4.9m Sunsoka and
improving the facility. the brainchild of Olympic involved were outside their bespoke Abrisud cover were
bronze medal swimmer budget and the family thought ready for use in less than 14
Parry, who finished third they would have to forgo their days and cost about £16,500.
Project abandoned? behind Michael Phelps in the dream. That is until they
A move by Highland Council 2004 Games. discovered the Abrisud
could wreck a 30-year dream of His “pools in schools” enclosure from Aquaflex and
building a new swimming pool. concept is supported by the BZc’s sturdy Sunsoka pool. It
The council has confirmed it Department for Children,
cannot afford to part-fund the Schools and Families and the
£2.85m Black Isle project for a Amateur Swimming
community pool beside the Association, and is being
Forget surfing now
getting straight into a pool.
existing Fortrose leisure centre. It delivered off the back of it’s swimming on-line! “At schools across the
has frustrated the Black Isle major success for Britain’s A new internet swimming country, kids are taken to
Swimming Pool Foundation, swimmers in Beijing, course has been launched unfamiliar pools on the bus by
created to raise funds and had including two golds for which promises a painless and swimming teachers who are
sought a council contribution of Rebecca Adlington. simple way to learn how to qualified but basically
£500,000. Foundation Chairman Children’s Minister Kevin swim. The course has been strangers. They are told to put
Stuart Edmond said: “We’re like Brennan said he hoped as started by swimming on very few clothes and
the Duke of York’s men. The many children as possible instructor Frank Kennedy at expected to learn to swim
council have marched us to the take advantage of the It while in water where they
top of the hill on several temporary pool. is, he claims, a pioneering aren’t familiar, having orders
occasions and marched us back “It is important that we approach to teaching shouted at them from the
down again.” encourage our children to youngsters and adults how to poolside. We have a situation in
swim,” he said. “That is why swim via a downloadable which we have swimmers
the Government has funded internet course. winning gold at the Olympics
Lack of decent training this innovative scheme, He said: “It may seem like and yet up to 33% of people
facilities developed by the Amateur an unusual approach, but in can’t swim, and 90% who can’t
A lack of decent training facilities Swimming Association and fact the most important basis swim well. Frank’s course will
in Devon has been blamed for the Total Swimming.” of swimming is not about cost £10 to £12 per module.
county’s failure to challenge for
honours in the pool. Jon Randall
was coach of the Devon team that
finished 31st out of 38 teams at
Spaform launches iPod/MP3
the inter-county team
championships in Sheffield. “The
standard of competition
docking sound system
throughout the country is Spaform is to market an To mark the launch and
highlighted when Devon is the iPod/MP3 docking station celebrate the company’s 25th
second biggest county and they option as an in-spa sound anniversary Spaform are
finish 31st out of the 38 teams. system for its Prestige range of offering the first 25 customers
There is a lack of decent training spas. Spa buyers can choose to purchase the new system
space in the few swimming pools between the traditional with their Prestige spa, a
in the county and the quality of CD/Stereo option, or the brand complimentary 4GB silver
pools is not to the competition new iPod compatible docking iPod Nano.
standard of many around the station for the latest in ‘in-spa
country,“ said Randall. entertainment’. The docking
station is also complete with a
built in tuner.
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