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Swimming pool opening

On Wednesday 8th March, after a long fundraising appeal, we celebrated the opening of our refurbished swimming pool. 

Pupils, staff and supporters gathered in Arlington Arts Centre for lunch and presentations before heading down to the pool for the official opening. Guests included former Olympic swimming champion, Duncan Goodhew MBE. 

Duncan gave an inspiring talk to guests about his swimming career and why it is so important for young people to learn to swim. Martha Ryan, a Year 11 student who is a competitive swimmer, also spoke to guests and said "I have really missed my swimming while the work was being done on the pool. I can’t wait to get back in the water! On behalf of all the students of Mary Hare, thank you to all who donated and made this possible."

Duncan then dived into the pool with a group of pupils and offered some tips and advice and showed them some fun pool games!

We are very grateful to all those who donated and made this possible, including many charitable trusts and foundations, companies and our dedicated supporters who have taken part in amazing events to help fundraise e.g. a 24 hour swim, open water events, parachute jumps and marathon runs. The Sink or Swim appeal raised a total of £423,000. 

One of the new features of the swimming pool is The Pool Pod. This is an excellent piece of equipment that helps individuals with reduced mobility to get in and out of the pool with ease. The Pool Pod will be a great advantage to some of Mare Hare students and other community users.