City pool to be officially reopened following revamp
Published on 01 February 2018
A CITY swimming pool will officially be reopened on Saturday (Feb 3) following a major refurbishment.
Cossington Street pool, in Belgrave, has undergone a number of improvements as part of a national pilot project to get more people swimming.
Leicester City Council was awarded £329,000 of National Lottery Funding from Sport England as part of its Swim Local initiative.
The funding has paid for the refurbishment of Cossington Street’s poolside changing cubicles – one of the many period features of the Victorian building.
These have been repaired, refurbished and repainted, with new seating and lockers installed. Toilet and shower facilities have been upgraded, and new vanity units and hairdryers have been fitted. The changing areas also now feature swimsuit dryers.
The pool itself has been re-lined and given a spruce-up and the centre’s main reception area has also been improved with new layout, signage and seating.
The refurbished pool will be officially reopened by Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP for Leicester East.
To help mark the occasion a range of free activities will be taking place in the pool from 10.30am until 3pm.
Cllr Piara Singh Clair, Deputy City Mayor and executive lead for leisure and sport, said: “We are very proud to be part of Sport England’s Swim Local programme thanks to generous funding from the National Lottery.
“As part of this, we’ve been able to respond to public feedback and make some important changes and improvements at Cossington Street that we hope will encourage more people to take advantage of this fantastic, historic pool.
“Swimming is a fun and affordable way to stay fit and active, and a popular way into sport and competition. We want to open that up to even more people and ensure that swimming continues to thrive at our leisure centres.”
Lisa O’Keefe, Sport England’s Director of Insight, said: “Sport England is proud to be providing funding and support to Leicester City Council to help more people get active through swimming. The improvements at Cossington Street Sports Centre can be directly traced back to the comments from the local community about what they want and need.
"We know swimming is one the many ways people prefer to get active, and I am thrilled that with this investment, people in Leicester have access to exiting new swimming opportunities and the potential benefits that exercise brings."
The National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Swim Local initiative will also pay for improvements to changing facilities and the café area at Braunstone Leisure Centre.