Kettering swimming pool is more accessible thanks to funding

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Freedom Leisure one of the UK’s leading charitable not-for-profit leisure trusts that manages Kettering Swimming Pool on behalf of North Northamptonshire Council is delighted to announce the installation of a brand-new swimming pool hoist.

The new hoist, which has been funded by the council in an effort to enhance accessibility and inclusivity for members of the local community and will enable people with disabilities or mobility challenges to access the swimming pool safely.

Cllr Helen Howell, deputy leader of North Northamptonshire Council and executive member for sport, leisure, culture and tourism, said: “It is vitally important that as many North Northants residents as possible are able to enjoy our leisure facilities, including our pools.

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"Equipment such as this hoist are part are of a wider movement towards ensuring that leisure spaces in North Northamptonshire are environmentally friendly, innovative, and accessible.

New Pool Hoist at Kettering Swimming PoolNew Pool Hoist at Kettering Swimming Pool
New Pool Hoist at Kettering Swimming Pool

"As a former swimming teacher and lifeguard, I am passionate about the physical and mental health benefits that being in the water can bring, for all ages.

"However, some of our residents need that extra help and support to access those benefits, so I am delighted that this hoist is now in use at Kettering and that more people are enjoying their pool sessions.”

Since the installation of the new hoist, the popular local community pool has received numerous positive comments from regular customers, none more so than from wheelchair user Hazel who commented; “I’d like to say a huge thank you to North Northamptonshire Council for the new accessible hoist at Kettering Swimming Pool.

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If you need a hoist to gain entry and exit from the swimming pool, then as a regular swimmer I can honestly say, this is an amazing piece of equipment.” Hazel also added; “The staff at Kettering Swimming Pool are probably the most helpful, understanding and accommodating team I ever known at a pool. I can honestly say, not once has any member of staff been unwilling to help or acted like it is too much trouble. I am pleased for the staff, they now have a hoist which matches their outstanding customer service.”

Kettering Swimming Pool Customer HazelKettering Swimming Pool Customer Hazel
Kettering Swimming Pool Customer Hazel

Dan Palframan, Freedom Leisure’s Area Manager said; “This is an excellent example of partnership working with the council and we are delighted with the new hoist which has significantly improved the accessibility of the pool.

Freedom Leisure’s mission is to improve lives through leisure and we welcome swimmers of all ages and abilities to come and visit us so we can truly make a difference to people’s physical and mental health.”

Last month, Kettering Swimming Pool also commenced weekly ‘Inclusive Swim Sessions’, that take place every Sunday from 4pm to 5pm.

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For further information about the new pool hoist, accessibility features or inclusive swimming sessions, please contact Kettering Swimming Pool on 01536 234409 or visit https://www.freedom-leisure.co.uk/centres/kettering-swimming-pool/