Maria Caulfield, Member of Parliament for Lewes, has welcomed the announcement that Seaford Head Swimming Pool has been awarded £2,486 of funding from the Government’s Swimming Pool Support Fund.
As announced in the 2023 Spring Budget, the Government is making available over £60 million of new funding to support public facilities with swimming pools across England. Through the Swimming Pool Support Fund, the government are providing a major support package to public swimming pools to safeguard their future and make them more financially sustainable. The measures are intended to ensure that children and adults up and down the country continue to have access to a public swimming pool, helping people get active and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The successful applicants for the first phase of funding were announced over the weekend, with Seaford Head Swimming Pool being one of the 196 leisure centres and swimming pools in 103 local authorities which will benefit from boosted funding, supporting over 23 million swims a year.
Maria Caulfield MP said:
“I very much welcome the news that Seaford Head Swimming Pool is getting this investment from government, many residents across the constituency regularly contact me regarding swimming and leisure centre provision and I am glad that the government is recognising the sectors importance and is investing millions into keeping them open”
Sports Minister, Stuart Andrew MP said:
“Leisure centres and pools are vital for millions of people to stay fit and healthy, and we know that many public swimming pools are experiencing greater pressure due to increased operating costs. We have heard their concerns and have stepped in to help them make ends meet with £20 million immediate relief, and a further £40 million to help improve sustainability of public swimming pools over the long term”