Atherstone Leisure Centre Secures Government Funding
Member of Parliament for North Warwickshire and Bedworth, Craig Tracey has today welcomed the news that Atherstone Leisure Centre is set to benefit from £198,000 of Government funding as part of of the Conservative Government’s Swimming Pool Support Fund.
The Swimming Pool Support Fund was first announced at the March Budget and this first £20 million of funding is going to the swimming pools and leisure centres most at risk of closure or significant service reduction and will be used to help with the recent rise in energy costs, such as paying towards immediate maintenance costs, heating, and pool chemicals.
Swimming is a valuable life skill for people of all ages and is extremely beneficial for people’s mental and physical wellbeing. In addition, Swim England’s latest Value of Swimming report showed that water-based activity, including swimming, helps generate social value of £2.4 billion a year.
This investment in swimming pools and leisure facilities across England means that 196 leisure centres and swimming pools in 103 local authorities will benefit from boosted funding, supporting over 23 million swims a year.
Speaking on the news, Craig said:
“It is really important that we encourage people to take part in healthy activity but I appreciate that the running costs of keeping these facilities open has rocketed in recent times, so, I really welcome this investment and support for Atherstone by the Government.
This funding will help ensure that our swimming pool and leisure facilities can manage the increased operating costs, so people can continue keeping fit and healthy.”