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Update on Pool Re-Opening & Club Support in Wales

Swimming, Diving, Artistic Swimming , Water Polo, Education
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Dear Club Chairs and Member Clubs,

It has been 4 weeks since we had the long awaited green light from Welsh Government to return to aquatic activities in Wales. As of today we are delighted to report that 41% of our registered member clubs are accessing facilities for training programmes, and overall 44% of facilities in Wales are open. However, even though this is higher than the average across the Home Nations, it also means a substantial number of clubs have not returned for various reasons but our support for every club continues regardless.

Our current focus is centred on 2 key areas:

  1. The removal of the Max.30 restriction placed on pools by Welsh Government
  2. Funding for the sector from UK & Welsh Governments to support the Operators and Local Authorities who are facing significant financial challenges

Swim Wales has continued to work directly with officials from Welsh Government, the WSA Return to Sport groups and our facility operator partners on these critical issues. We have put a strong case forward to Welsh Government to reassess the restriction in this week’s review, and First Ministers Announcement. It’s simple, if aquatic activity and swimming is to survive and contribute to the health and wellbeing agenda of this country in the short and long term, the existing restriction of 30 individuals per room must be removed.

Our published (and WG approved) guidance for 11 user groups will help keep people safe. Together, with responsible and disciplined clubs and operators, we can play our part in keeping Wales ‘SAFE AND HEALTHY’.

This week we have had 1 to 1 discussions with Welsh Government, Sport Wales, Welsh Sports Association, Senior Representatives of Cardiff Council, Parkwood Leisure (Legacy) and a number of Club Chairs on these 2 key areas. I am confident that there is plan forming for funding for the sector, financial support for operators and that there is an appetite to remove the 30 limit currently in place. This makes me hopeful that we will see changes in the near future.

In the meantime, please continue to work with your club committees and operators, they are doing an outstanding job during these unprecedented times.

Many thanks,

Fergus Feeney

CEO, Swim Wales