Hathersage swimming pool receives £50,000 to transform water system

A popular Hope Valley swimming pool is set to undergo an ambitious upgrade thanks to a grant of £50,000.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 10:35 am
Updated Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 11:14 am

Hathersage Pool has been awarded the grant from Sport England to support the installation of a new circulation and filtration system.

This project, the most ambitious in the pool’s 80-year history, will bring water quality up to 21st century standards. The new system, with increased flow rate and filtration of water, will ensure the maintenance of water quality and clarity at peak times.

Pool manager Michael Wellington said: “There have been significant changes to the pool over the last six years, going from a seasonal facility to being open all year and heated. We have seen increases in attendance figures putting greater demand on the facilities the pool offers.

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“The Christmas period took everyone by surprise with queues, like a hot summer’s day, with swimmers enjoying the novel warm water experience.

“This new project, led by Hathersage Parish Council, to improve the filtration system and to future proof the pool infrastructure, has greatly benefited from the Sport England grant and we are very grateful for this additional support.”

To help raise funds for the refurbishment project, the parish council is running a campaign called Pool-It, which includes events and a Just Giving campaign. Events have included night swims to live music and 24-hour swim events. The campaign has so far raised more than £15,000 for the King George’s Field charity, which owns and looks after the future of Hathersage Swimming Pool.