Secure funding to improve the condition of your school pool

06 Mar 2012

There is a real opportunity to secure funding to improve the condition of your school pool. Sport England has launched the second round of the inspired facilities fund, which is a total funding pot of £10m.

Inspired Facilities Funding

There is a strategic change in Sport England’s investment targets that recognises the number of swimming pool facilities in the education sector, and realises that many are in need of investment to secure the long term future and attractiveness of valuable community resources.

The closing date for this round of funding is April 2nd 2012, with further rounds opening September 2012.

The Application

The application will need to consider what the outcomes of the investment will be in terms of swimming participation. There needs to be a demonstration that a very good operation will be allowed to continue or a pool will be made more accessible to the wider community, including other schools and provide greater out of school hours usage. Innovative programming as a result of the investment will help the project stand out.

Ideas for projects

  • Improving the energy efficiency of the pool
  • Changing room and front of house modernisation
  • Pool hall modernisation
  • Replacement of ailing plant work
  • New equipment for the pool

Funding Amounts

The total pot available is £10m; therefore applications need to be realistic. Schools can apply for between £20,000 and £150,000. It is also expected that a proportion of the total project will be match funded by the applicant.

Further information is available on the Inspired Facilities FAQ page.

Further Information

Further advice, information and the application process can be found on Sport England’s Website.

The ASA are keen to assist: if you would like to talk through any technical aspect of the swimming pool and potential projects please contact the ASA Facilities Team:

Tel: 01509 640258

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