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Leeds Beckett the first university pool to achieve Water Wellbeing accreditation

Leeds Beckett University is already seeing the ‘life-changing’ effects for some participants after being the first university pool to achieve Swim England’s Water Wellbeing accreditation.

The pool joins a cohort of around 180 sites to now be Water Wellbeing accredited.

Swim England health and wellbeing officer, Matthew Martin, recently visited the university facility and met with a number of staff, including duty manager at Leeds Beckett University Sport and Active Lifestyles, Nardia Oldroyd.

Following the visit, Matthew described the site as ‘accessible, inclusive and inviting to all’.

He said: “We are delighted to have been able to support Leeds Beckett University with Carnegie Sports Centre in their aim to improve the health and wellbeing of the university.

“The commitment to the Water Wellbeing accreditation is ensuring that more people have the opportunity to become active in the water and improve their health and wellbeing for the future.

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“Water Wellbeing accreditation ensures the facility is accessible, inclusive and inviting to all.

“It demonstrates the highest standards in quality of aquatic provision offered by their facilities to both healthcare partners and people with long-term medical conditions.

“Through the dedication of the team at the pool, there is now the opportunity for more people to experience the benefits of the water.”

The Water Wellbeing accreditation scheme is open to any pool and offers a range of resources, training and support to help staff better understand the customer experience.

It also aids staff and facilities in personalising the aquatic offer to suit the needs of those with long-term health conditions.

On achieving the accreditation, duty manager, Nardia, added: “Thank you to Nikitta Hunter and Grace Beesley, who both played important roles in completing the work required.

“The biggest prong to completing the accreditation was introducing adult swimming lessons, which were introduced in October, and have already shown to been life-changing for some participants.”

For more information on Water Wellbeing or other aspects of Swim England’s health and wellbeing work, get in touch at health@swimming.org.