Thrapston swimming club looking for a base

Corby Swimming Pool
Corby Swimming Pool

A swimming club is looking for a new home where it can teach youngsters to swim.

Nene Valley Swimming Club is using Corby Swimming Pool while the pool at the Nene Centre in Thrapston, its base, is refurbished.

But it is not allowed to teach young children at the pool as it is against Corby Council’s policy.

Members of the club met council officers and a councillor earlier this month to discuss the situation.

Club secretary Yvette Bell said: “We were teaching about 20 children aged four upwards who were mainly siblings of club members.

“The council told us there would be no deviation from council policy of only allowing council instructors to teach at the pool. We understand their position and are grateful for their help so far.

“We are now hoping to find a pool where we will be allowed to teach young children to swim.”

A council spokesman said: “Corby Council, in line with the Amateur Swimming Association swimming and coaching programme, provides lessons up to National Plan Stage 7 and then clubs do National Plan for Teaching Swimming stage 8, 9 and 10. Since the pool opened, a Corby Swimming Club Academy Scheme has been put in place in partnership with Corby Amateur Swimming Club whereby lessons are referred to the club when they reach Stage 8. Nene Valley Swimming Club were made aware of this policy before they started.”