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POOL POUNDS: Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted swimming pools given £120,000 in funding

 Published on: 7th December 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Swimming pools in both Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted are set to receive funding from the government to support them at a time of financial hardship.

A total of £74,765 has been granted to Hemel Hempstead Leisure Centre and £47,666 has been given to Berkhamsted Leisure Centre, both operated by Everyone Active.

This will help to cover energy costs for both locations, as the cost-of-living crisis means bills continue to rise.

Sport England representative Lisa Dodd-Mayne said “We know just how vital swimming pools and leisure centres are to our nation’s activity levels, which is why Sport England is proud to have played a central role in the delivery of this fund.

“Many pools have faced a real and significant threat to their survival this year, as local authorities and operators battle the challenge of increased energy and maintenance costs, weakened reserves and difficulties with retaining staff.”

Nationally, £20.3million pounds has been distributed to pools operated by 103 local authorities.

Photo credit: Hemel Hempstead Leisure Centre

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