Croydon Council have successfully applied for £407,069 from Sport England, to help support three swimming pools in the borough.
New Addington Leisure Centre, South Norwood Leisure Centre and Thornton Heath Leisure Centre will receive the funding boost to mitigate their swimming pool utility bills and keep running costs down.
The council secured revenue funding from Sport England’s Swimming Pool Support Fund, which was set up by the government to protect sports facilities in communities across the country. The funding is to assist local authorities and operators with cost pressures related to public swimming pools, such as rising utilities and maintenance costs.
“I am committed to making Croydon a healthier and safer place for all of us to live and protecting our borough’s leisure facilities. This funding from Sport England will help to alleviate the costs of maintaining our pools and make sure that residents can continue to learn and enjoy swimming.”
Jason Perry, Executive Mayor of Croydon
Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), which operates Croydon’s leisure centres, will manage the extra funding to keep the swimming pools operating sustainably.
David Hughes, GLL Partnership Manager for Croydon, said: “We welcome the news that Croydon’s pools will benefit from the Swimming Pool Support Fund. Running costs have increased significantly since the energy crisis started and any extra funds – on top of our own energy-saving investments – will ensure we can operate sustainably. While continued high costs maintain a challenge to the leisure sector as a whole, GLL will continue to do all we can to manage their impact.”