Cat and Phil Mugford
Cat and Phil Mugford

Many of my rural constituents are lucky enough to now have the use of the Lune Valley Swimming Pool which members of the local community saved from closure.

For the first time since the pool was founded in April 1977 it is now run and managed by local people. After 18 months of fundraising, refurbishment and hard work this rural asset is playing an important role in the lives of residents and importantly, equipping its young people with life-saving skills.

Learning to swim is a key life skill for any child and swimming lessons teach them independence and allows them to stay safe and active while enjoying themselves. Without this local resource, residents would have to travel 15 miles into Lancaster to the nearest swimming pool with limited rural public transport.

The community follows the ‘Swim England Learn to Swim Programme,’ developing safe, inclusive and effective swimming lessons for all ages in a fun and supportive environment.

In addition, there is a Rookie Lifeguard programme, aquafit classes, water workout sessions, competitive swim clubs and parent and toddler group sessions. The pool is also fully accessible with disability and showering facilities.

As with all community-run spaces, Lune Valley relies on the goodwill and generosity of local people to fundraise and donate to keep the pool open. They desperately need funds to make sure the pool continues to provide this essential service. If you can offer vital financial support or grants, it would be hugely appreciated by many of my constituents who regularly use the pool.

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