Barbara Keeley MP


Barbara leads work on planning on the future of swimming for local people

swimmingBarbara is working with Tyldesley and Atherton swimming clubs, primary and secondary schools, local and national sports organisations and the Primary Care Trust to work out future needs for swimming in the Tyldesley, Atherton and Leigh areas.

Barbara and Leigh MP, Andy Burnham, have already had a couple of meetings with Tyldesley Swimming and Water Polo Club to back their plans to keep swimming facilities available for local people in Tyldesley.

Now Barbara and Andy are working with a wider group to take a look at what are the future swimming needs of people in Tyldesley, Atherton and Leigh.
Some months ago proposals were put forward to close the baths at Atherton and Tyldesley with the assumption that local people would transfer to the new pool at Leigh when it is built.

Barbara said:

“We are working with the local swimming clubs and schools on this issue because we feel that there are swimming needs for 3 local pools in the area rather than just 2 – at Tyldesley and Howe Bridge as well as the new pool at Leigh Sports Village.

“We know that both swimming clubs and our schools have needs for pool time which are not being met. We also want to encourage people to use their local pools as we feel that many children and adults will drop swimming out of their lives if it involves a long journey rather than swimming locally. We want to encourage more children, young people and adults to swim. not less.

“Free swimming for under-16s has been a huge success, with a 45% increase in usage. We are doing this work now because we want to make sure that local people have the facilities they need. We also want to cater for groups such as parents and toddlers, over 60s, ante-natal groups and those swimming to recover from injury or improve fitness.

“Our review should help make sure that clubs, schools and local people can keep on using local pools and that swimming develops locally, for leisure and fitness and to develop the potential of our talented swimmers.”

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