Fylde MP welcomes new funding for swimming pool

St Annes pool

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies today said he was “delighted” to learn Fylde Borough Council will receive £500,000 to refurbish the changing facilities at St Annes Swimming Pool.

Across the country, 38 artificial grass pitches and swimming pool changing rooms will be replaced and refurbished after Sport England announced £9.9m of Lottery investment from the first round of its new Improvement Fund.

With three-quarters of people polled citing the quality of pitches and changing rooms as being essential to their sporting experience, the Improvement Fund is aimed at bringing these facilities up to date for the benefit of thousands of people.

And Mr Menzies said: “I was delighted to hear Fylde Borough Council had been successful in their bid for Sport England funding to improve the changing facilities at St Annes Swimming Pool.

“The pool is something we are proud of here in Fylde and is well used by many of my constituents on a regular basis.

“Health and fitness are something I feel passionate about and with the quality now offered by private gyms and fitness centres, council owned facilities must be able to compete.

“Obviously Fylde’s bid for funding impressed the judges and that money should go a long way to making sure my constituency has some of the best swimming facilities in Lancashire.”

Sport England property director Charles Johnston added: “As the research shows people have a better experience of sport when the facilities are good.

“These investments in artificial grass pitches and swimming pool changing rooms will have a big impact on sport in local communities.”

And Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson said: “Protecting and improving local sports facilities is an important part of the legacy from 2012.

“This £10m National Lottery Improvement Fund will create thousands more sporting opportunities for communities across the country encouraging people to get active and take up sport.”

Between now and 2017, Sport England will invest £45m of lottery funding through the Improvement Fund into medium-sized projects to improve grassroots sport facilities.

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