Swimmers help tile new pools

22 February 2016

Founding members of Newark Disability Swimming Club have played their part in helping to build the new Newark Sports and Fitness Centre.

Six teenage swimmers from the club joined the experts in a tiling session as part of the work on the new swimming pools which will be a key feature of the centre which is due to open in late April.

The club was set up six years ago at the Grove Leisure Centre and is run by coaches Debbie Yates and Helen Ellison who works for Active4Today, the company set up by Newark and Sherwood District Council, to run the new centre, along with the other leisure centres it manages and the sports development offer for the district.

The council and centre’s main building contractors, R G Carter (Lincoln) invited the young swimmers along to join in the work and see for themselves what the new centre will offer.

Helen said: "Our club members were really excited to take part in the tiling work and to play their part in the project. In a few months’ time they will be back – only next time it won’t be with hard hats and hi-vis vests but in their swimming costumes."

Founding members of Newark Disability Swimming Club lay tiles at Newark Sports and Fitness Centre.

The gym will be one of the largest in the area and offers views over the local surroundings with a group exercise programme that is vast and varied to suit all levels.

When open in Spring, the centre will include a four court sports hall, an 850 square metre gym with a virtual area and family area, two group exercise studios, glass backed squash courts, children’s soft play area and a relaxation area to enjoy a well-earned refreshment.

With more than seven hours a day of additional community access time at the centre, it is developing programmes to improve access for all, including those with disabilities. 

Active4Today has also been working with the Learning and Disability Partnership which has provided finance to include a "changing places" facility in the new centre. This excellent resource, which is a purpose built facility offers different access options than standard accessible toilets , as they have extra features and more space to meet the needs of the people who use them

Traditional hoist access will also be available for those with low mobility. All devises to aid swimmers into the water are designed to assist with , ensuring that all people have the opportunity to swim. There will also be a fun water element with water jets for all to enjoy.

The centre, off Bowbridge Road, will have two swimming pools – a six-lane 25m pool and a learner pool – which will have equipment with access to both. There will be two ‘pool pods’ to aid entry. These have been installed in many pools across the country and are a lasting legacy of the 2012 Paralympic Games. 

Chairman of Newark and Sherwood District Council, Councillor Ivor Walker, said: "The new Newark Sports and Fitness Centre will be a fantastic resource for this and future generations. It will be a real asset to the community and a real investment in providing quality, state-of-the-art sporting facilities for our residents which will take us into an exciting new era."

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