Council's joy at being awarded swimming pool grant

Trafford Council has received a government grant to help its swimming pools with running costs and to help improve energy efficiency.

The grant of £62,700 was awarded to the Council by Sport England as part of Phase II (Capital) of the Government’s Swimming Pool Support Fund (SPSF) and will be invested into the pools at move Urmston.

The Council continues to invest heavily in its leisure facilities across the borough. As part of our Leisure Strategy, we are currently working on a multi-million-pound full refurbishment of Altrincham Leisure centre, due to open at the back end of 2024, and Partington Leisure Centre which is due to open in 2026. We also recently opened a fabulous new state-of-the-art 3g football pitch at Partington Sports Village. 

Cllr Cath Hynes, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Leisure, Arts, Culture and Heritage, said: “This grant is good news for Trafford and will help us with running costs and boosting energy efficiency at our swimming pools. Thank you to the officers who helped secure the funding.

“Trafford Council is fully committed to improving leisure facilities across the borough and we are investing millions into doing so. Work is continuing on the transformation of our leisure centres in Altrincham and Partington and I cannot wait for them to open to the public.”

A total of 264 local authorities have received a share of the funding, of which £20m has been provided by Sport England via the National Lottery and just over £40m has been provided by the government. 

Sports Minister Stuart Andrew said: “Millions of people swim every year in England, but high energy costs mean some pools are struggling financially. I know from personal experience the health benefits of getting down to your local pool, whether that’s just for a few lengths, to swim with friends, or a water aerobics class. This further £60 million of support from the Government and Sport England will make hundreds of swimming pools more energy efficient so they can keep offering their vital community and health benefits for generations to come.” 

More information on the fund can be found here - Capital phase of Swimming Pool Support Fund opens for applications | Sport England

Posted on Tuesday 26th March 2024