£122,231 funding secured to help with swimming pool running costs

We have been awarded a total of £122,231 from the first phase of the Government’s £20 million Swimming Pool Support Fund. The money awarded will cover part of the utility costs at Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted swimming pools, which are run by Everyone Active on behalf of Dacorum Borough Council.

Hemel Hempstead Leisure Centre has been awarded £74,765, while Berkhamsted Leisure Centre will receive £47,466.

With recent rises in prices, the funding will help towards utility and chemical pool costs and ensure residents' physical and mental wellbeing is supported in the long term.

Our Portfolio Holder for Place, Cllr Sheron Wilkie, said: “We are delighted that our application for funding was successful. In accordance with the funding terms, this will go towards essential utility costs at both leisure facilities in Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead. Swimming pools are vital community spaces, from teaching our children to swim, to providing a safe space for people of all ages to exercise regularly.”

Sports Minister Stuart Andrew said: “Leisure centres and pools are vital for millions of people to stay fit and healthy, and we know that many public swimming pools are experiencing greater pressure due to increased operating costs.

"We have heard their concerns and have stepped in to help them make ends meet with £20 million immediate relief, and a further £40 million to help improve sustainability of public swimming pools over the long term."