Thursday, March 01, 2018

Scottish Swimming Launches New Facilities Strategy

‘Swimming pools are central to the development of our sport and also central to local communities. While we are pleased with the very positive developments over the last ten years, it is important that we continue to build new and refurbish existing pools across Scotland. Scottish Swimming want to continue to work with pool owners and managers on the building and programming of pools to maximise opportunities for all users.’ Forbes Dunlop CEO

Scottish Swimming have finalised a new Facilities Strategy which has been developed in partnership with sportscotland.

The Strategy details the good progress that has been made in the last ten years, in particular through the development of national standard swimming facilities such as Aberdeen Sports Village, the Royal Commonwealth Pool refurbishment and the development of Tollcross International Swim Centre.

The new Strategy identifies the need for a range of new ‘Regional Competition and Training’ pools across Scotland. These pools will provide flexibility in programme use and management, allowing a range of user groups to use the pools simultaneously and offering appropriate competition facilities across Scotland. The strategy also highlights the importance of partnerships, access and pool programming for all facilities and offers some good practice in these areas.

The Strategy outlines the needs of all aquatic disciplines. This includes access to more open water venues, the need for deep water to support the development of synchronised swimming and water polo and the significant gap in diving facilities and provision in the west of Scotland.

The new Strategy proposes that research is undertaken to review the existing pool stock, taking account of the age and state of the current stock and considering the swimming pool facility needs in the medium to long term.   

Forbes Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Swimming said:

 "Swimming pools are central to the development of our sport and also central to local communities. While we are pleased with the very positive developments over the last ten years, it is important that we continue to build new and refurbish existing pools across Scotland. Scottish Swimming want to continue to work with pool owners and managers on the building and programming of pools to maximise opportunities for all users."

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive, sportscotland said:

"This strategy builds on Scottish Swimming’s previous facilities strategy and it is encouraging to see the progress made in providing more access to quality facilities with new 50 metre pools in Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow, the refurbishment of the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, as well as a range of 25m pools.

"We look forward to continuing this work with Scottish Swimming to ensure that the swimming disciplines have access to the places they need to participate and progress in their sport."

Read and download the Facilities Strategy on our Corporate Documents page at About Us.

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