Redevelopments are a common sight in almost every country. However, such developments are not always the most ideal. Take for example, Kings Langley Swimming Club (KLSC) in England. Currently, the swim club is facing demolition as the school grounds it is situated on is going to be rebuilt. The saddest part of it all is that the club was form way back in 1972.
Members, coaches and parents from the swimming club all are coming together to team up in order to keep “their friendly club in the village.” “We have informed the children and they are absolutely gutted. Some of the older children have asked if there is anything they can do to help. But at the moment, there seems like there is little chance. It is such a shame and it is hard to understand why they would demolish a swimming pool that does its job,” stated Lesley Foster, who has been a coach at KLSC since 2007.
Over the past thirty years, this swimming pool has been providing lessons to children between the ages of 7 to 19 years old. It operates three times a week on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in the evening. As of this year, the club has a total of 105 members and accommodates approximately 1,000 children every single week. “Some of our members started here to learn to swim from the age of five and are still here today at the age of 19. Others have gone off to university and then returned to the village and come back to see us for lessons – we are very much a family. We would ideally like to stay in Kings Langley- we wouldn’t be the Kings Langley Swimming Club if we didn’t,” said Lesley.
Currently, the committee members are doing their best to save the club as well as looking at alternative places or running the premises independently. Unfortunately, both the funding and searching for a new location are proving to be a challenge for the club. “This is such a friendly, informal and family club and the kids don’t see swimming as a chore. It gives children swimming enjoyment and I have never come across a friendlier swimming club than here. If we were to lose our little pool my daughters would definitely stop swimming because they wouldn’t want to go anywhere else. It’s such a shame because I don’t want them to finish their swimming careers,” added Jane Harding, whose 3 daughters are regulars at the pool.
Thankfully in Singapore, we have public swimming complexes in almost every estate. When it comes to finding a swim coach, Happy Fish Swim School ensures that only certified coaches are recommended. Check out our website to learn about our swimming lessons.