School needs to splash out on new roof

Some of the youngsters who hope the money can be raised to secure the future of their school pool
Some of the youngsters who hope the money can be raised to secure the future of their school pool

Market Rasen Primary School is embarking on a fundraising drive to raise more than £30k to keep its on-site pool going for years to come.

For more than a quarter of a century, the pool has been used to teach countless children the life skill of swimming.

Now, it is in need of a new roof to safeguard the chance for the young swimmers of the future and enable the pool to be used all year round, rather than the 18 weeks a year it is open for now.

“Our initial budget cost estimate for this work is between £28,000 and £39,000, depending on the specification of the roof,” said headteacher Andrew Smith.

“But in order to refurbish the entire swimming pool building, including the changing rooms, shower areas, toilets and flooring, we need to raise as much as possible.”

The school has already had a successful lottery bid accepted for £10,000, but that still leaves a significant shortfall.

And it is not just the school’s pupils who would miss out were the pool to close.

The facility is also currently used by children from Tealby Primary School, Market Rasen Children’s Centre, Market Rasen Pre School and Town and Country Kiddies.

“We are unable to secure funding from the Local Education Authority, as the pool was never adopted by Lincolnshire County Council, so we are totally responsible for the pool,” added Mr Smith.

“The worst case scenario is that we have to close the pool, which would have a significant impact on the physical education, health, well-being and safety of the children who 
access the pool.”

Fundraising got underway with a bag pack at the town’s Tesco store, which raised more than £330.

This Friday, November 15, the school will be holding its Christmas Fayre in the school hall from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, with more than 20 stalls - from Christmas crafts to preserves and photography to hot tub hire.