Hull City Council is under orders from government to cut £80m from its budget. After slashing 600 jobs earlier this year, among other things, it is now considering closing Ennerdale Swimming Pool and Leisure complex …
So I visited Ennerdale on Gala night (the only swimming galas in the city…) and wrote to the paper :
I visited Ennerdale on Friday. Youngsters were being put through their paces by a number of volunteer coaches in a well-run set up that has been going on for years.
Ennerdale is a life saver for the Kingston upon Hull Swimming Club. It’s Hull’s only 6 lane competition standard pool especially after the loss of the pool at Sydney Smith school last year, meaning extra pressure to fit training into Hull’s remaining pools.
This is a national performance swimming club – and it’s in Hull. It boasts two national medallists – from this year alone – a European medallist, an international disability swimmer, some 25 North East Country qualifiers, and Yorkshire qualifiers ‘too numerous to mention’.
It’s predominantly for Hull youngsters but it’s valued by people for miles around for the quality of facility and coaching. One girl has been coming over to swim from Cleethorpes for 8 years.
While I was there a young girl called Jessica approached councillors with a poem she had written about the joy she gets from the swimming galas and an ending reflecting the threat to Ennerdale: ‘OUR DREAMS DYING’…
Frequently, committed swimmers get up at 4 and 5am in the morning to practise. Life is already demanding enough. For a city to really value sport we have to practically support it, otherwise we’re just spectators.
When I left, I was walking through a large, still-packed car park!
Green Party, Hull and East Riding
PHOTOS from Ennerdale, 6th Sept 2013.
Jessica Brodie, poet and swimmer, pictured with Clr Terry Keal, Sutton ward.
Jessica Brodie with Clr Joyce Irene Korczak Fields, University ward.
Jessica Brodie’s poem.