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Challenging times for Marple Swimming Club

Susan Hampshire

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The chairman of Marple Swimming Club has spoken about his concerns for the `challenging times'' facing the long established club.

Martyn Reid says the closure of Marple Pool is having an impact on the whole community from young to old and is causing huge problems for club swimmers and triathletes, many of whom compete on a regular basis at both county and national level including para swimmer Rachel Tweedie.

He said: "As a club we are having discussions with Life Leisure and the council but like so many things today, it all comes down to finance and a decision on whether the pool should be refurbished or whether Marple needs to think about the creation of a new pool facility.''

At the moment, he said, the swimming club cannot plan for anything and recently had to miss out on the Marple Festival of Sport.

"Our club members are currently having to swim at other locations like New Mills, Hazel Grove and Stockport pools. We have taken the decision to cancel all club members direct debits so they are currently paying per session at other pools. We are working with Life Leisure to try and secure more pool time elsewhere for Marple members,'' he said.

Martyn and other club members feel the pool's future needs to be looked at as a matter of urgency.

"The worse scenario is that local people stop swimming and we lose our members. As a club we do a lot of coaching with beginners which is not only helping with health and fitness but teaching youngsters a valuable life lesson.

"Once we get into September and October, we could face real problems as a club. We have to hope for an early council decision on the pool's future.''

The club is also in contact with the Swim England organisation, the sport's national governing body, which helps to set up and manage swimming clubs.