CHILDREN in Stalbridge are counting on the generosity of local traders and parents to save their school swimming pool.
Hundreds of children have learned to swim at Stalbridge Church of England Primary School’s pool since it was built in 1971.
But the discovery of a large crack in the lining of the concrete pool has left it out of action and facing permanent closure.
The blow comes as the school approaches its fundraising target for much-needed refurbishments to the pool changing rooms. It was hoped that the works would be completed in time for the start of the school’s swimming season, which runs from April to July.
Nicky Else, vice chairman of the school PTA said: “It would be awful for the children not to have their pool. They were already getting excited about swimming again when they return after Easter.
“Apart from learning to swim, children have fun and interact with each other in the school pool, and it’s the only chance that many of them get to go swimming. To lose it would be unthinkable.”
The old pool has had to be rendered annually to keep it watertight.
Mrs Else explained that time has now taken its toll and the pool needs major repairs that are likely to cost several thousands of pounds.
The school is desperate to keep its regular swimming sessions on track and is appealing to parents and traders to lend their support, either by making a contribution towards the cost or by helping with repair work.
“We know it is a tough time for everyone but we are hoping people will get behind us,” Mrs Else added.
“We don’t just need money – the crack will have to be fixed by an expert and we hope local traders will lend a hand with the refurbishment works to help keep labour costs down.”
Anyone who thinks they may be able to help is invited to a meeting at the school on Saturday 23rd February at 4pm.