Aylesbury District Swimming Club under threat

Stoke Mandeville Stadium - Wheelpower

12:12pm 16th May 2018
(Updated 1:28pm 16th May 2018)

Aylesbury District Swimming Club is under threat after changes at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. 

New management is reducing the club's hours, which will have a detrimental impact on their training sessions. 

We've spoken to the club who have told us it's another blow for their members and it's making it harder for the club to continue. 

Andy Willis, Head Coach, told us why they may have to close because of Serco Leisure's decision:

"This is the squad where we get all of our swimmers from typically.

"If we have to remove or reduce that completely, it's the tap into the club so the river will be drying up and we'll be stopping the flow.

"It won't happen immediately, but if we don't get new swimmers into the club then that's what will happen eventually."

The club has been running for over 80 years and means a lot to members in our community.

Any told us the effect it will have if their hours are dropped:

"We're more than just a swimming club.

"We look to develop children not just in swimming but they often go on to help the club in other ways and become coaches and teachers.

"To obviously put the club under threat after it's been around for over 80 years it's something that we really need to fight hard for."

Kate McKnight, Head of Aquatics at Serco Leisure has responded to the club:

 “The More Leisure Community Trust has taken over the running of Stoke Mandeville Stadium; with Serco Leisure acting as the managing agent for the site.

"To encourage more families and the local community to use the pool, we are proposing to make some changes to the swimming session schedule at the stadium.

“We value our relationship with the Aylesbury and District Swimming Club and the importance of encouraging competitive swimming.

"We have been working with the club to arrange some alternative times. Unfortunately, so far, none of our suggested times has been acceptable to the club and we will sit down with them and agree a way forward.

"We are hoping that we can find a solution that works for the club and the wider community of non-club swimmers alike. No changes will be made to the schedule whilst the consultation is ongoing.

"We have arranged a meeting with the club chairman to discuss how we can move forward with this issue.”

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