Club in danger of closing over lack of members

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A SWIMMING club faces closure unless they can attract more members this summer.

Beyton Swimming Club, whose members use the heated outdoor pool at the middle school in the village, has been operating at a loss for the last five years.

And committee members have now decided another season of no money being made would have to result in the closure of the club.

“If we don’t break even or make a profit this year, the swimming club will cease to exist,” said committee member Catherine Walsh. “It’s a fantastic facility.

“The school will still have the pool, but it won’t be used outside of term time.”

And club treasurer Ann Reeve, who is also a teacher at Beyton Middle School, has revealed the size of the task faced by the club, revealing their aim is to double the membership, which currently stands in the region of 200.

She said: “It’s a fantastic way of keeping fit and a fantastic way of meeting people in the community.”

The pool, which has a sheltered area for spectators and is enclosed within the boundaries of the school, was opened in 1969, with the £8,000 cost funded by the swimming pool committee and the local education authority.

After its opening on July 1, 1969, schools from across the area travelled to use the pool, while it was also open to the swimming club on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Currently, the youngest members are children, while the oldest are in their 90s.

However, 42 years of use by the club could come to an end at the end of the summer with money needed to keep it going and pay for requirements such as qualified lifeguards and heating.

“It’s really sad,” said Mrs Walsh. “My children learned to swim there and I’ve met loads of other people whose children learned to swim in that pool too.”

n Membership is open to all residents of Beyton and surrounding villages during the swimming season between May 21 and September 4.

Family membership costs £50, adults £21, and children between five and 15 years old £16. Under-fives go free.

For more information or an application form, contact Lisa Couper on 01359 231098.