Making waves to help save Leeds swimming pool

Young swimmers and local children are hoping to re-open their local pool. PIC: Tony Johnson

Young swimmers and local children are hoping to re-open their local pool. PIC: Tony Johnson

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campaigners hoping to save Scholes Pool have certainly made a splash within their first year of the fight.

They are hoping to raise almost £50,000 to bring the pool back up to modern day 
standards and get it re-opened so the community can benefit from the facility once again.

And already, the small group of local parents, with the help of Scholes (Elmet) Primary where the pool is based, are nearing the half-way mark.

Through grants and community fundraising activities they have raised £20,000 and are now going to see if they can get the pool open while continuing to fundraise for future works. Local parent, Sarah Beever is one of the founder members of the campaign group. She said: “It has been shut for a year now and last October we started to look at raising some money.

“We are overwhelmed with the support and the reaction from the community - it has been brilliant.

“We wanted to see where we were after a year and now what we can do with the £20,000.

“While it is closed the children are missing out so we are keen to see what we can do but keep fundraising.”

Before the pool was closed it provided swimming lessons for 100 pupils from Scholes (Elmet) and Wetherby St James schools, private swimming lessons for 85 children and 
75 babies and pre-school children from the Flutterbabies group.

David Roundtree, head for the Federation of local schools ,added: “Since joining Scholes (Elmet) primary, I have been overwhelmed by the support this campaign has generated. We are committed to getting the pool up and running again so the children in our school federation and the wider community can benefit.”

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