Faced with severe financial pressures, Birmingham City Council has given a not for profit community charity the chance to run a popular swimming pool in Castle Vale.
Boldmere and Kingsbury swimming clubs alongside representatives from the Pool User Group have formed a new charity “the Castle Pool Community Partnership“ which will now oversee the running of the pool.
Castle Pool Community Partnership chair, Raymond Goodwin, said: “Castle Pool Community Partnership is extremely proud to be able to complete the asset transfer of Castle Pool. With Birmingham City Council we have taken a journey and secured the future of Castle Vale swimming pool.
“This partnership has had the community and the pool user group at its heart and we will ensure that families are able to continue to access vital leisure services. Potential Olympians will have a unique multi-use venue to train at.”
Chair of Erdington District Committee, Cllr Josh Jones, added: “Savage cuts have meant that the council has to find new ways to ensure that residents have the services they need.
“Castle Pool Community Partnership has developed a thorough business plan and has demonstrated the necessary skills to take on the management of the pool facility. They will deliver a varied activities programme with public swimming, and both school and club swimming sessions. In time they aim to expand the sports offer to the community with plans for gym facilities and range of fitness classes too.
“What started as financial necessity has become a very positive partnership that will enhance the provision enjoyed by local people through the hard work of the community.”
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