Hundreds of members of the local Cowes community, alongside UKSA beneficiaries and local schools, are in danger of being without a swimming pool.
The pool at UKSA is in desperate need of refurbishment and the local Island charity simply cannot afford the repairs. UKSA needs to raise £250,000 to carry out a full refurbishment on its pool so that it can continue to welcome over 20,000 children and young people every year.
The user capacity will have to be reduced from February 2024, meaning hundreds of members of the local Cowes community will have nowhere to swim. Local children and community groups will no longer have access to their only local facility, including more than 100 and toddlers from the local Water Babies Group, more than 40 older users from the Cowes Aqua Fit Group and 336 children doing swimming lessons through ‘Emma’s Otters’ every week.
UKSA will strive to keep the pool functioning at this reduced capacity to enable it to continue its student delivery and provide a service for the local primary school sessions. However, if the pool’s condition deteriorates further will need to stop all use of the pool.
Amy Sweeting, director of fundraising said: “Offering our pool to the community is incredibly important to us at UKSA. Given the recent reduced facilities on the Island, the last thing we want to do is close our pool doors knowing there is no other option.” To donate to UKSA’s ‘Just Keep Swimming’ fund visit iow.life/uksapool.