50m pool at Rhyl aquatic centre to inspire future Olympians


Matt Jones

A 50 metre pool at Rhyl’s new aquatic centre could help inspire future Olympians, a community leader has said.

Denbighshire Council is set to replace the resort’s iconic Sun Centre with a £10 million facility built next to the Sky Tower.

Officials have said work on the project is moving at “pace” with a business case set to be put to councillors in the autumn.

But calls have been made to install an Olympic style 50m pool in the centre which is also set to feature a learner pool, fun pool, changing area, 100-station family fitness suite and North Wales’ first VertiGo climbing experience.

North Wales AM Mark Isherwood has called on the Welsh Government to help ensure the 50m swimming pool is brought to fruition.

He said it could help promote safe swimming and give youngesters the chance to excell at the highest level, including the Olympics.

Speaking in the Senedd in Cardiff Mr Isherwood said: “There is currently no 50m pool in North Wales. This is the perfect oppourtunity.

“Rhyl Swimming Club, for example, which teaches many children to swim properly and safely, has to travel to its nearest 50m pool, in Manchester, once or twice every month for its competitive swimming activities.

“Given that it is supporting proposals for a 50m pool in Rhyl, I understand that Denbighshire Council cabinet, as well as local members, also unanimously support the concept of such a pool in Rhyl, subject to affordability. What support could, or will, the Welsh Government provide to facilitate the delivery of such a pool?”

Sports Minister John Griffiths, replied: “The Welsh Government, together with Sport Wales, is interested in any realistic and practical ideas to improve the infrastructure of swimming pools in Wales.

“It is a difficult time at present in terms of public spending and the availability of public moneys. Nonetheless, even if it takes some time for ideas to come to fruition, we are very keen to continue to build progress in Wales.”

A spokesman for Denbighshire Council said: “The business case for the new proposed aquatic centre, and what the size of that may be, will be submitted to council in the autumn. In the meantime work will continue to move forward on developing the business case for the whole leisure coast package, which includes the aquatic centre.

“Work is moving forward at pace.

“The 50m element will be considered within the context of the business case.”

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