More children learning to swim than before pandemic, says Richmond pool boss

Children swimming at Richmond Pool.

More children are now learning to swim at Richmond Swimming Pool than before the pandemic, says the manager of the pool.

Auston Gordon, manager of Richmondshire Leisure Trust (RLT), spoke to Richmondshire Today two years after the nation entered the first lockdown due to covid-19.

Austin said the trust, which also managed Liberty Health Club and Colburn Leisure Centre, had done what it could to help people back to once again enjoy sports and physical activity.

“The charity has constantly updated its operating procedures and safely brought all activities back to now operating a full range of activities and programmes.

“The pandemic has brought an increased awareness of the value of community operated leisure facilities that offer access to sports and exercise, as well as providing a much needed hub for people to gather, meet, share and support one another.”

Austin said the numbers of people learning to swim both through lessons and school swimming was higher now than before the pandemic.

“This trend is really encouraging.

“Nationally gym membership numbers have not yet recovered to pre pandemic levels however the first three months of 2022 are showing a steady increase in member numbers across our sites.”

Richmond Swimming Pool is due to have a major makeover later this year, with full details announced after Easter by owners Richmondshire District Council.

“We will be working hard behind the scenes to re-open in the autumn with an improved facility that will be more environmentally efficient.

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