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Cardiff Swimming Club

February 14, 2019

I have received representations from many Cardiff North constituents who have raised concerns regarding the future of Cardiff Swimming Club, following plans by the company that runs the pool they use to substantially increase fees being charged to the club for use of the facilities. I understand an initial increase in charges has already been made which has resulted in young members being unable to afford continuing membership, and my constituents believe that the further steep increases proposed will lead to the demise of the club in the next few months.

The club has provided, and continues to provide, opportunities for young people to engage in a sporting activity at a high level that is not available elsewhere in the Cardiff area. The facilities the club uses at the International Pool in Cardiff Bay were built as a public-private funded project in which Cardiff Council was a key partner. The objective of providing this facility and using public funds, was I understand, to provide high quality facilities to encourage young people in the city to become involved in sport and to enable them to be inspired to achieve at a high level in their chosen sport of swimming.

If the club is forced to cease its activities, or even to increase its fees substantially for its young members, it will limit the opportunities for young people in Cardiff, particularly those who are less able to afford increased expenditure and will disproportionately impact young women who are a considerable majority of club members.

Given the imminence of the planned increase in charges by Legacy Leisure who now operate the facilities, I would welcome your intervention to ensure a resolution satisfactory to pool users can be arrived at to ensure these facilities remain affordable to young people in Cardiff.

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