Ashfield District Council’s plans to bring a swimming pool to Kirkby have received backing from both Sport England and local swimming hero Ollie Hynd MBE.
Sport England’s vision is for everyone in England, regardless of age, background or level of ability to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity. They recognise that some will be young, fit and talented, but most will not. They want to further develop a sport sector that welcomes everyone, meets their needs, treats them as individuals and values them as customers.
To achieve this Sport England are focusing more money and resources on tackling inactivity because this is where the gains for the individual and for society are greatest. Investing more in children and young people from the age of five builds positive attitudes to sport and activity as the foundations of an active life.
Charles Johnston, Property Director at Sport England, said, "We are delighted to offer £10,000 of National Lottery funding to help Ashfield District Council to undertake a strategic outcomes planning review of their sport and physical activity offer across the district. This funding will provide support to the Local Authority to make the most effective investment decisions to achieve local outcomes which benefit the communities served."
Local Paralympic swimming gold medallist Ollie Hynd MBE has also backed the plans for the project and its two swimming pools.
Hynd won two gold medals in the 2016 games in Rio to go with his gold, silver and bronze medals from London in 2012.
Following the recent release of the artist’s impressions for the planned leisure centre in Kirkby, Hynd cannot wait to see the plans come to life.
He said: “With excellent swimming facilities available in Hucknall and Sutton, it’s brilliant that we’re now going to have state-of-the-art water space in my home town of Kirkby. The artist’s impressions are fantastic, I can’t wait to see construction get underway and see them come to life.
“I’m very proud of what I have achieved in my sport and I’m sure excellent facilities like this will help produce the next generation of world champion swimmers from Kirkby.”
Leader of Ashfield District Council, Councillor Jason Zadrozny, said: “We are very excited to be bringing long-awaited swimming facilities to Kirkby. To receive the support of Sport England is fantastic news and we look forward to working alongside them throughout the project.
“Ollie’s sporting achievements speak for themselves so to have his backing is a real bonus for us as an authority.”