Pool makes a splash with council cash
Kids have enjoyed a summer of swimming for £1 at Cirencester Open Air Pool thanks to grant funding from Gloucestershire County Council.
£5,000 from the children’s activity fund is available to each of the 53 electoral divisions in the county. Successful bids need the backing of the local county councillor, which in this case is Cllr Joe Harris.
Lisa Dent from the pool contacted Cllr Harris earlier this year with a request for funding to help cover the costs of holding special youth nights throughout the summer.
The events were first introduced five years ago to offer 10-17 year olds a chance to visit the pool with friends, under the supervision of lifeguards. The weekly sessions last an hour and a half from 7pm and entry costs £1.
The pool was awarded £500 to help cover the costs of lifeguards working the events every Friday for 16 weeks with £100 of the money having been used to buy new floats.
Cllr Joe Harris, local county councillor for Cirencester Park, said: “Lots of young people have come to enjoy the pool this year and I'm pleased the youth evenings have again been a real success. Our outdoor pool is a real gem.
“I used to attend the youth evenings when they were first set up so naturally I’m delighted to be able to support the pool with this funding. These sessions are a fantastic opportunity to make new friends, feel independent and get active outdoors.”
Lisa Dent from Cirencester Outdoor pool said: “We have been running our Friday night youth evening for several years and we were delighted that our funding application to GCC was approved, we are particularly grateful to Cllr Joe Harris for supporting our application.
“It is important that we make our pool accessible for all ages and our youth evening which costs just £1 for entry is a community service we want to continue for years to come. This summer's youth evenings have been a big success and we look forward to continuing them in the years to come.”
Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member for public health at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Our children’s activity fund has been used all across the county. It has provided many community groups from sports clubs to scout groups and parish and town councils and schools with funds to grow sports and physical activity.”