Newlands gets £125k Olympic fund for swimming pool

Newlands gets £125k Olympic fund for swimming pool

Alix Laflin

Newlands gets £125k Olympic fund for swimming pool

Newlands Girls' School in Maidenhead will soon receive a new indoor swimming pool thanks to sporting legacy funds.

The Maidenhead school has secured more than £125,000 from the Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Fund and is one of £135million legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country.

Every sport facility that receives funding from the Places People Play legacy will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark which celebrates the link to the Games.

For Newlands, this Big Splash project involves the refurbishment of their outdoor pool to create a new indoor swimming pool that caters for all ages and abilities.

The funding will contribute to a four lane, 23m X 8m heated pool with changing amenities and a reception area.

The pool will also make provision for specialist user groups including Asian women, physically disabled people and people over 50.

Sport England’s chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This National Lottery investment will create a lasting sporting legacy for Windsor and Maidenhead.”

Newland's headteacher Louise Ceska, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Sport England has decided to grant us funding that will help making out sporting dreams and aspirations come true.”

Home Secretary and Maidenhead MP Theresa May said: “I am very please to welcome this significant investment from Sport England to Newlands Girls’ School.

"The Olympic and Paralympic Games will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to inspire people to get involved with sport, and it is important that we have the local facilities to make the most of this.”

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