Double Olympic champion opens state-of-the-art Ollerton pool

by | 3 August 2021 | Community Event, Community facility, Sherwood

Double Olympic champion swimmer, Rebecca Adlington OBE, officially opened Ollerton’s new state-of-the-art swimming pool in July.
After 10 months of construction, Newark and Sherwood District Council’s £3million brand new, five-lane pool at the Dukeries Leisure Centre is now up and running.
The four-time Olympic medallist, who brought home two Golds in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, marked the occasion by taking the first swim in the new pool, accompanied by children representing Ollerton and Boughton’s Junior Town Council.
A weekend of free taster sessions took place, offering everyone the chance to follow Adlington’s lead and try out the new facilities.
The construction of the new 20m x 10m pool was led by the Council’s project partner, ReCreation, and is fully accessible with a traditional hoist as well as a ‘Poolpod’ – a multi-award winning swimming pool lift, originally developed for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.
The pool has its own unisex changing village and spectator area, in addition to the existing fitness suite, sports hall and exercise studios located in the main building.
Free taster sessions for local primary schools took place before the summer holidays, in advance of school swimming commencing in September.
Lane swimming, parent and toddler sessions and family fun activities are also set to take place daily at the centre, making this a real community-led project.
The pool has adjoined the existing leisure centre building – which is run by the District Council’s own leisure company, Active4Today. Customers using the Dukeries will now access the centre via a new and more accessible entrance, which has been built between the original building and the new pool extension.
Councillor Roger Jackson, Chairman of Newark and Sherwood’s Leisure and Environment Committee, said: “After a very difficult year, we are immensely proud and excited to open the doors to our new pool. This is another milestone project for the District Council that will do a great deal for the health and wellbeing of the residents of Ollerton and the surrounding communities.”
The pool project has received great support from Sport England, which has committed a capital grant of £250,000 from its Community Asset Fund which is dedicated to enhancing the spaces in local communities that give people the chance to be active.
In addition to the new swimming pool, a high quality unisex dryside changing village has also been added inside the existing leisure centre, as well as more parking spaces.
Rebecca Adlington said: “It’s been great to come down and see the new pool in action. Having access to these facilities is going to make a real difference to local families, giving them a place to stay active, teach their children how to swim and socialise after such a difficult year.”