Over a quarter of a million pounds has been allocated to improve the energy efficiency of a community swimming pool.

Government funding totalling over £255,000 will go towards work on Worcester's Perdiswell Leisure Centre and the Lower Wick swimming pool, managed by the Worcester Citizens Swimming Baths Association.

The move has been warmly received by Robin Walker MP, who said: "Both of these pools in Worcester are brilliant community assets, allowing people of all ages and abilities to access the mental and physical benefits that come with exercise.


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"That is why I am delighted that they have received a combined £255,000 investment from this Government, improving the pools energy efficiency, keeping running costs down and giving more people the opportunity to swim whilst reducing our environmental impact."

The funds are part of the Swimming Pool Support Fund, which has injected £80 million into 442 swimming pools nationwide since last year, aimed at supporting swimming as an accessible and beneficial form of exercise.

The current investment will fund the installation of solar panels and upgrades to pool management systems at both Worcester sites, in efforts to reduce running costs.

The Worcester MP added: "By sticking to the plan, this government has been able to invest in swimming pools across the country, improving people’s health to create a brighter future for all."

As part of a wider sports strategy, the government is aiming to increase engagement in physical activity, with a target of 3.5 million more active individuals by 2030.

This aligns with the chief medical officer’s exercise recommendations of 150 minutes per week for adults and an hour daily for youngsters.

The government has pledged to invest over £300 million in grassroots sports facilities such as football pitches and tennis courts.

Sports minister Stuart Andrew said: "We are sticking to our plan to get millions more people active by 2030, because we know that active people are fitter, happier and healthier.

"This further £60 million of support from the Government and Sport England will ensure hundreds of swimming pools can lower their operating costs in the long run, and continue to provide an important service for communities across the country."