Petition Provide emergency COVID-19 funding to support aquatic facilities and swimming pools in Wales
Swim Wales recorded 500,000 people accessing swimming pools every week for a wide range of aquatic activity across Wales pre COVID - Learn to swim lessons, School Swimming (drowning prevention) Public Health & Fitness Swimming, Club Swimming, Competitions, Galas and Events not to mention Wales National Squad preparation for the 2020 Olympics and 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Swimming pools re opened after 5 months of closure with restrictions on 10th August 2020 and the resulting financial implications across Local Authorities, Community Leisure Trusts and Facility Operators are huge, putting the future of facilities in Wales at risk.
A survey of 38 Operators in Wales by Swim Wales in September 2020 estimates that the losses to date are in the region of £30 million pounds with further losses in the weeks and months ahead.
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