How you can help support Swim England’s #SaveOurPools campaign25 November 2022
Swim England is encouraging its members, clubs, swim schools – and everyone who uses a pool, to get behind our campaign and support our efforts to ensure the Government provides additional support for swimming pools and leisure centres.
These facilities are crucial parts of local communities.
Not only are they the homes of our swimming, para-swimming, diving, water polo and artistic swimming clubs, they help support the health and happiness of the country, saving the NHS hundreds of millions of pounds and they are where millions of people learn how to swim and be safe in the water.
But they are under threat as a result of soaring energy prices.
We are already seeing reduced opening hours and pools closing across the country and without additional support from the government the situation will only get worse.
50,000 people signed our #SaveOurPools petition calling on the government to help pools with soaring energy costs which was presented to HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy before Christmas.
However, there are still a number of ways you can help us fight for our pools.
Write to your MP
Download our template letter and send to your MP asking them to lobby the Prime Minister, calling for the Government to #SaveOurPools.
Tweet the Chancellor and Business Secretary
The Government recently published the list of industries they will provide with extra help with their energy bills. Shockingly, swimming pools were not included in this list. We have created a number of social posts that you could use on your channels to encourage the Government to rethink this disastrous decision.
.@Jeremy_Hunt @RishiSunak – Swimming pools are vital to the nation’s physical and mental health. Please give them the support they desperately need and add them to the ETII list #SaveOurPools
.@Jeremy_Hunt @RishiSunak – Please do the right thing and add swimming pools to the list of energy intensive industries. Without this support hundreds will close – a disaster for communities and the NHS #SaveOurPools
.@Jeremy_Hunt @RishiSunak – Swimming pools and leisure centres are particularly vulnerable to rising energy costs. They must be added to the list of energy intensive industries. #SaveOurPools
.@Jeremy_Hunt @RishiSunak– The decision to exclude swimming pools from the ETII list will see many pools shut their doors. It’s not too late to do the right thing and rethink. #SaveOurPools
Make sure you tag Swim England in on your social media posts: