Teignmouth Swimming Club at potential risk of closure!

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Teignmouth Swimming Club is a valuable resource in our local community - the importance of learning to swim cannot be underestimated. We live in a coastal town with an estuary. Our children need to learn to swim and swim well. 

From 3rd October 2017 - Dawlish Leisure Centre imposed a later time change for the children of Teignmouth Swimming Club. We understand that there has been little or no consultation with the club, the 119 children nor their parents.  The new later time - has been forced upon the club and consequently our children. (The club were offered an earlier time slot but this was not feasible as all the swimming teachers are unpaid volunteers and teach after having worked all day themselves - the club would have had ended up cancelling lessons as the teachers would not arrive at the pool in time to start teaching at the earlier proposed time).

Children are now leaving the club because they cannot cope with such a late bedtime on a school night - this is leading to the potential for Teignmouth Swimming Club to fold. Teignmouth Swimming Club includes many local families who are on second generation swimmers within the club and also households that cannot afford TDC leisure centre costs of £30 per month per child for their in house swimming lessons. They are a non profit making club. There were only 10 people in the aqua circuits last night, they are all adults and could potentially access classes later. In fact they told us that since their class start time had been brought forward several members were unable to attend as they were not home from work in time!

By signing this petition we are asking Dawlish Leisure Centre and Teignbridge District Council to re-examine the adult aqua circuits session - that has pushed our children's classes to the later time slot - to be reassessed? And our children's lessons reinstated to the earlier original time please?

Before we lose a club that is the future for our children and generations to come? Please sign and share. Thank you.



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