A third swimming pool in Haringey
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Haringey Aquatics swimming, diving, and water polo club is campaigning for Haringey Council to consider a major new combined leisure centre and public pool complex in Wood Green to meet the current deficit in provision and future demand due to population growth.
- Haringey residents have access to a third less pool space than the average Londoner and Haringey Council has the largest pool space deficit in North London (2010).
- Wood Green has not had a swimming pool since Western Road Pool shut in 1997
- Swimming is second only to walking as the nation's most popular activity but proximity to a pool is critical for regular participation
- Haringey Council's infrastructure assessment (2013) clearly identified the need for a third major leisure centre and pool to meet demand due to population growth and Wood Green is considered to be a prime site for a new leisure centre/pool complex
- A major new leisure centre and swimming pool will not only improve facilities for the council's competitive swimmers, divers and water polo players but also serve to break down barriers and increase access to swimming for families on low incomes and where there is little or no culture of participation in physical activity and swimming
- Despite all past assessments of need and the total absence of public facilities for swimming and other aquatic sport in Wood Green, the significant requirement for and benefits of such facilities are barely mentioned in the Wood Green Area Action Plan
- Most Haringey councillors have stated to Haringey Aquatics that there is no money to build a new pool or leisure centre
- The Council's focus on other pressing issues - housing, social care, health, education - may have precluded key and timely opportunities for planning with private and public partners, which in turn may have significant knock-on effects, particularly for Wood Green
- The Council's lack of planning may ultimately lead to a proliferation of private clubs, gyms and commercial pools that cannot handle a growing Haringey population, have restrictive pricing for Haringey families and are less prone to support competitive aquatics
- Haringey Aquatics wants Haringey Council to build a major new leisure centre with improved facilities for competitive aquatics including swimming, diving, water polo and synchro. A new complex will not only help more young Haringey residents gain access to a great club environment, to excel at sport, to build confidence and self esteem, it will also have a considerable positive impact on the community as a whole with significantly increased opportunities for physical activity in the borough, leading to improved health and fitness
- Haringey Aquatics would like to give its Head Coach Paul Doyle and his team the opportunity for more swimmers, divers and water polo players to continue the success the club has enjoyed in the past couple of years. With more and better facilities, more young people can develop into competitive athletes to county, regional and national standard.
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