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Cash boost for city swimming pool

Published Tuesday, 05 February 2019

The new 50 metre swimming pool at the Alan Higgs Centre on Allard Way is set to benefit from a £1.5 million grant from Sport England.

Coventry City Council’s cabinet will discuss the cash boost when it meets on Tuesday 12 February 2019.

The investment will mean there will be a public swimming pool available in the heart of the community and is a further step in the Council’s ambition to ensure local people have easy access to a swimming pool close to where they live.

The grant will contribute towards the £60 million investment the Council has pledged to new sports and leisure facilities in the city, including The Wave waterpark in the city centre.

Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport, Councillor Kamran Caan, said:  “We are committed to providing quality sports and leisure facilities in the city, which is why we have invested in The Wave and ensured there will still be a 50m pool in the city. Together the two facilities provide for family fun, swimming lessons for all ages and for serious competitive swimmers.

“I’m very excited to see The Wave and the 50m pool taking shape. Both will open this year – as we celebrate being European City of Sport and both will be great additions to our leisure and sporting facilities.”

Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre is no longer considered fit for purpose and usage has continued to decline as other more modern and accessible leisure facilities such as Centre AT7 have open.

The report which recommends that Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre closes as the new facilities open also seeks to ensure that the Council does all it can to help groups, and clubs to relocate to other facilities where possible and actively look for alternative uses for the site.

Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, said:  “The cash from Sport England is great news and it’s helped to ensure we could build a new 50m pool. Now, the big challenge will be finding the right use for the swimming baths and elephant building.

“Both are really interesting buildings and we will be working hard to find innovative and successful uses for them.”

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