The Appleton School Swimming Pool had been used extensively on a daily basis since it was built in 1975 and the closure impacts well over 2000 young people and adults in the local community. This includes, not just the school's 1576 students but also the local primary schools that use it for lessons and the local swim schools who provide lessons for approximately 900 local children and adults ranging from 3 years to 70+ years old. As the swimming pool is local and within walking distance for many this helps keep costs down for lessons.
Due to cuts in school funding and the ongoing mechanical issues and repairs required to reopen this community facility, the swimming pool has been shut whilst the school has been waiting to hear back from Sport England about possible funding. In the meantime numerous young people and adults are missing out on learning this vital life saving skill.
Fortunately the school has now been awarded some funding from Sport England that will go towards the much needed repairs and new roof. However, if the school is unable to raise the remaining monies required Sport England will not release the funds therefore the swimming pool will then be permanently closed.
The school is keen to reopen this much needed swimming pool as soon as possible and hope that you are able to help by donating towards it.