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Statement from our CEO on the news of pool reopening in Wales today

Swimming, Diving, Artistic Swimming , Water Polo, Education
National, Performance

Dear valued member of the aquatic family, I hope you continue to stay safe and well.   We are thrilled (as you are) to hear the announcement today from the First Minister/Welsh Government that pools can re-open to all of our 11 users groups from Monday the 10th of August 2020.

As many of you will know, for several weeks now Swim Wales has been focussed on developing and publishing high level user guidance for each and every one of our 500,000 participants across Wales. We wanted to ensure that everyone had the necessary safe practices to prepare for and aid their return.

In parallel, we have worked closely with Welsh Government, Arts, Culture & Sport Division and TAC (Technical Advisory Cell) who provide scientific and technical advice to support Welsh Government decision makers during emergencies. This regular contact ensured that we were aligned throughout in terms of our guidance, health & medical reports to aid confidence levels on pool re-opening across Wales.

A range of resources to support clubs and individuals in this second phase of returning to water has also been produced and are available for you to view here on the Swim Wales website. I am extremely proud of and grateful to our staff at Swim Wales, and to the wonderful volunteers we have across the country who have worked tirelessly to support our communities, our coaches, our athletes and our clubs, we have all played our part in this!

Swim Wales will continue to work with Welsh Government and Sport Wales to review our current guidelines and assess when we can move to phase three of our phased return. Our attention will immediately turn to supporting the ‘places for sport’ and our facility partners (Local Authorities, Community Trusts, Operators) to ensure that our member clubs and participant groups have smooth transition back to the facilities and activities that they need. For now, we celebrate our collective achievement today and I thank you all sincerely.

Aquatics for Everyone for Life

Fergus Feeney

CEO, Swim Wales