Swimming club facilities for youth competitive swimmers

Allow facilities to open to accommodate the above (not necessarily for public use at the same time). There is no need for swimmers to use changing rooms (most likely area to spread virus). Sport should not be de -prioritised in government plans.

There is talk of the new normal. Sports people are desperately trying to understand how this impacts them and their sport especially swimmers given they spend more time training than most other sports from a much younger age.

Some kids will spend 12+ hours at the pool each week and this has been ripped from their lives - a massive gap to fill.

Why the contribution is important

long term health

mental health

due to the facilities required worried it will take a back seat

by mackalyn on May 06, 2020 at 04:29PM

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  • Posted by porredinburgh May 06, 2020 at 17:00

    Opening public swimming pools is doable. Similar to supermarkets, contactless interaction at reception who are shielded by Perspex screens; 2m markings on floor for any queues; spaced out lockers and changing areas; signage reminders across the venue. Customers would need to play their part and support the staff to make it work.
  • Posted by kdubya2307 May 06, 2020 at 17:43

    I think this may be harder to manage than some other sports but those who engage in swimming as a serious sport could be allowed to return if the measures above were implemented. This would need to be restricted I think to remove those who just want to have something to do.
  • Posted by Jennewan May 06, 2020 at 18:41

    Chlorinated water is safe.
  • Posted by Jennewan May 06, 2020 at 18:41

    Chlorinated water is safe.
  • Posted by digitalgareth May 06, 2020 at 19:28

    While the pool water is safe, ever other surface is a risk in the building. And, having seen what parks and cycle paths are like, pools will be mobbed as people start swimming to elevate boredom
  • Posted by Cdeanoooo May 06, 2020 at 20:13

    Agree for competitive swimmers attached to a club. Guidelines suggested by British coaches should be implemented to ensure safety.
  • Posted by Berlington May 07, 2020 at 12:42

    Absolutely agree, in a controlled manner lift for competitive clubs where swimming is controlled and disciplined, phasing of sessions and changing etc easily achieved.
  • Posted by Docxerxes May 07, 2020 at 23:42

    Agree this is all feasible but control would be needed at beginning so should be restricted to recognised swimming clubs and their members for training sessions. The chlorine everywhere must be major help. Youngsters in particular need their swimming exercise and routine back. Minimal risk IMHO.
  • Posted by lauravienna May 08, 2020 at 21:27

    Yes, but I would say we need this for any professional sport where the young athlete is part of a national or development squad. These are our athletes of the future and this has been taken from them when they had already sacrificed so much in the first place to focus on their sport so yes to the swimming to extend to all non contact sports for performance athletes
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