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A London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic training pool that was used by the world’s top athletes when they competed at the Games has officially opened in Bridlington in Yorkshire.
The swimming pool was one of nine training pools from the Olympic Park that were used by athletes as they prepared for completion in the Aquatics Centre.
Each of the nine pools has been dismantled and relocated across the country and Bridlington is the first community to benefit from this London 2012 legacy.
The pool will remain in the town for two years, allowing people to continue swimming whilst a fantastic new leisure centre is built on the existing Leisure World site, which is set to be demolished.
The installation of the pool has been supported by more than £500,000 of funding from East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Sport England.
Olympic swimming bronze medalist Jo Jackson was on hand at the unveiling of the swimming pool and said it was a huge boost for Bridlington to get the facility.
"As a Yorkshire girl myself, I am thrilled that Bridlington is the first place in the country to get a legacy pool.
"I hope that having a part of London 2012 in Bridlington will help inspire more people in the area to get in the water.”
Sport England announced that £2 million investment from its Iconic Facilities Fund would go towards the construction of a new facility at the existing Leisure World site.
This brings the total amount of investment into Leisure World up to nearly £20 million, with the remaining funding coming from East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s capital investment programme.
Work at the new leisure venue includes a new swimming pool, state-of-the-art gym and a six-court sports hall helping to create a first-class sports facility in Yorkshire.
"The pool in Bridlington, which was used by many of our Olympic and Paralympic heroes during the Games, will ensure that the legacy of London 2012 continues to thrive in Yorkshire,” said Sport England Property Director Charles Johnston.
"Legacy pools have the potential to benefit tens of thousands of people, as once they have finished their time in one town they can move to another.
"I am really pleased that the people of Bridlington will be the first to benefit from this innovative scheme.
"This pool, alongside our £2 million investment in Leisure World, will ensure the sporting future of this town remains bright and will lead to more people using the facilities in Bridlington.”
Councillor Stephen Parnaby, the leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, also hailed the unveiling.
"The official opening of this Olympic legacy pool is fantastic news for Bridlington and I am really pleased that Jo Jackson, a successful Olympic athlete for Great Britain, has agreed to be involved.
"Securing temporary swimming provision, so that no service is lost while the new multipurpose leisure facility is constructed, was important to the council and we are delighted to have arranged this in partnership with Sport England and that it has been so well received by the people of Bridlington.
Also working on the project is Total Swimming, who with their expertise in temporary pools has installed the relocatable pool in Bridlington.
"We are really proud to be working with Sport England and East Riding of Yorkshire Council to deliver this unique project that will allow local people to carry on swimming while their pool is rebuilt,” said Steve Parry from Total Swimming.
"This really pro-active approach will mean people are much more likely to carry on swimming during this period.”