Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by Derbyshire Amateur Swimming Association


  The National Performance Director for Swimming is always critical of the availability of water time and the cost of our competitive athletes in England.

  Derbyshire has no 50m pool, although we are reasonably close to the Sheffield Ponds Forge Complex—but at a price. We do have some 25m pools which are well run by the District Councils concerned but these are beginning to wear and lack the necessary modern technologies to support not only the able-bodied competitive swimmers but especially the disabled swimmers.

  What a luxury, but surely a necessity, to have an eight lane pool we could call our own. Essentially, somewhere central where both North and South of the County could access easily. The County Championships and Competitions would benefit immensely.

  Derbyshire are well ready to support such a project. Because of the County's vision in forming the Derbyshire and Peak Park Sports Recreation Forum there is already a partnership/management team in place. The Active sport programme has been successfully launched; the uptake of Swim 21 is good and the Derbyshire Amateur Swimming Association is financially sound and ready to lend support.

  Derbyshire swim squad is newly promoted to Division 1 of the National Inter-County Competition. So you can guess that swimmers, parents, coaches and volunteers are all on a high. What better time to have a new facility worthy of our able and disabled bodied swimmers dedication to their sport.

21 November 2001

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