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Stamford Bridge Community Swimming Pool is owned by PACT and run for the benefit of the children attending Stamford Bridge School and the community by a committee of parents, ex parents and members of the wider community. It is completely self-funding with no funding from the Local Authority or school. The school hires the pool at a greatly reduced fee so that all children from Early Years to Year 6 have the opportunity to have swimming lessons whilst in Stamford Bridge Primary School.
The original open air pool was built on the school site nearly 35 years ago and has since provided swimming lessons for all primary aged children. The motivation for the building of the pool was the death of a pupil in the river and the knowledge that the River Derwent has a number of dangerous currents. Parents who formed the Parents Association now known as PACT in 1974 did so because of this and a realisation that all children should be able to swim. The village was much smaller when we started. The pool was built by voluntary contributions with a massive fundraising effort in the 1970s as we had no grants; this was followed by further fundraising to put a building around the original open air pool. Recently, with the help of a grant from Sport England, we refurbished the changing rooms and pool hall as well as building a ‘conservatory type’ building to improve the comfort for swimmers when getting changed. The pool has always been a community asset. Some of those original parents are still involved with raising funds and helping to keep the pool going.
When not needed by the school it has always been available for the wider community and is very well used by swim schools and children from other villages. By letting it to swim schools and other organisations it provides a much needed income. With the exception of a caretaker, cleaner and some paid lifeguards the pool is run entirely by volunteers. We currently have one volunteer lifeguard, the others being young people still at school who train as lifeguards and then work for us. Volunteers help with the maintenance, provide a responsible adult at every open session, do the invoices and accounts and constantly fundraise to keep the pool open.
About 5 years ago some of the older members of the community and original fundraisers came back to help PACT with fundraising and eventually re-joined the committee.
We run regular Family Swim Sessions, Adult Lane Swimming; Tiddlers Sessions and also sessions for the over 55s. During the holidays we aim to open at least twice a week for open swimming. For more information about opening times please look at our facebook page – Stamford Bridge Community Pool or phone 07432 350 598 or email firstname.lastname@example.org