Keighley and Ilkley swimming pools to get £475k from Sport England

The Leisure Centre, Keighley

Keighley Leisure Centre and Ilkley Swimming Pool are to share just under half a million pounds of funding from Sport England.

The organisation has granted a total of £474,466 to the two facilities through the government's Swimming Pool Support Fund (SPSF).

The Leisure Centre in Keighley will receive £302,822 while Ilkley Swimming Pool will receive £171,644.

The SPSF is providing a total of £60 million to local authorities in England as a support package for public leisure facilities with swimming pools. It is being delivered in two phases and the money being received by the pools in Keighley and Ilkley is part of phase one, which sees £20million being made available to support facilities with the rising costs of energy and utilities.  

Cllr Simon Cunningham, Assistant Executive Member for Culture at Bradford Council said: “Leisure centres and swimming pools are a vital resource for the wellbeing of our communities. They are a place where people can go to focus on their health and fitness, where children can learn to swim and families can spend quality time together.

"Ilkley Swimming Pool and Keighley Leisure Centre are both fantastic facilities and I am delighted that Sport England has granted funding to support the running of them.

"We are currently in the process of applying for additional funding from phase two of the Swimming Pool Support Fund and if successful, additional facilities across the district will be receive similar support.”   

Sport England's Director of Place, Lisa Dodd-Mayne said: "We know just how vital swimming pools and leisure centres are to our nation’s activity levels, which is why Sport England is proud to have played a central role in the delivery of this fund. 

 “Many pools have faced a real and significant threat to their survival this year, as local authorities and operators battle the challenge of increased energy and maintenance costs, weakened reserves and difficulties with retaining staff.

“Today’s announcement is an important moment in time, but is by no means the end of the work facing us or the support available as we continue to work with our partners to ensure the long-term viability of these vital community resources.”

Phase two of the Swimming Pool Support Fund will be announced in January 2024.


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