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Swimming Pools: Access

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 75946, tabled on 16 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to increase public access to swimming pools.

Answered on

23 November 2021

We recognise the importance of ensuring public access to indoor and outdoor pools and that swimming is a great way for people of all ages to stay fit and healthy.

The government has provided a range of support for swimming pools during the pandemic. The £100 million National Leisure Recovery Fund supported the reopening of local authority swimming pools throughout the country. In addition, Sport England have made 139 Covid support awards to the Swimming & Diving community (totalling £1,178,198).

Beyond Covid, Sport England have awarded £24,190,440 to swimming and diving projects since January 2017, which includes £15,724,500 of funding directly to Swim England.

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