Richmondshire Leisure Trust encouraged by post-lockdown user numbers

Richmond Swimming Pool.

Richmondshire Leisure Trust has reported better than expected numbers of users at its facilities since the easing of lockdown rules.

The charity which operates Richmond Swimming Pool, Colburn Leisure Centre and Liberty Health Club, said its swim academy has lost just a small number of children from its classes compared to the previous term before the lockdown

Leisure trust manager Austin Gordon said: “This has been achieved by good planning, training, marketing and seizing on the fact that other local swim schemes are either not running or only partially running and of course the excellent standard of teaching that is delivered week in week out.

“There were over 30 children that deferred as their parents wanted to see how the pandemic panned out and have communicated that they would likely re-enrol for the January term. If this occurs, numbers would be equal to or even slightly higher than pre lockdown numbers.

“School swimming restarted in September with more schools scheduled to return after the October half term and even more starting in January.”

Mr Austin said swimming number had been rising during the weeks since re-opening as confidence in their covid systems has grown, with the weekend sessions in the learner pool now at capacity.

He added: “On re-opening, gym memberships across the two gyms had reduced by a small number which was expected, but just ten weeks post lockdown, this figure had improved and is continuing to track towards pre-covid levels.”

The manager said the recent annual external health and safety was very positive about the Covid-19 control systems in place.