Olympic medalist Rebecca Adlington is opening a new swimming pool for kids in Leeds

“”It has been a joy to watch a new swim facility take shape in Yorkshire, and I hope it encourages local children to learn to love the water as much as I do.”

The new pool will open in Batley in May.

A new purpose-built facility on Frontier Business Park in Batley (just fifteen minutes from Leeds city centre) will open on Saturday 7 May thanks to four Olympic medalist, Rebecca Adlington OBE and will cater for families with children aged 0 – 11.

The centre is thought to have been designed to offer a unique swimming journey for both babies and children and is set to include modern amenities like a 31 degree warm pool, parent and guest viewing lounge, kids play area, online progress tracking and fun swimming lessons.

children in swimming pool.
Image: We Are Swim Official

Best of all, there’s no current waiting lists and upon opening, lessons will run every day of the week, some of which will initially come free of charge.

Named Swim! Leeds Batley, introduction sessions for all children will be available free of charge from Saturday 7th May, with official swimming lessons starting on Monday 16th May. 

Double Olympic medalist Rebecca Adlington has been behind the development, as co-founder of Sporting House, a group of Olympian-led brands, which includes swim!, SwimStars and Beth Tweddle Gymnastics.

The athlete has a number of swim-related businesses that help children to access swimming pools. / Image: Becky Adlington’s Swim Stars

Becky Adlington is a decorated athlete that’s become a household name and an inspiration for young swimmers across the UK since her rise to fame at the 2008 Olympic games.

With a staggering number of accolades to her name, the athlete hopes to encourage little Yorkshire folk to “take the plunge and discover their love for swimming”. 

The new centre will provide an opportunity for children in Batley the opportunity to do just that- but learning the incredible life skill in the water can also aid additional development skills like confidence, determination, resilience and social skills too.

The new Batley pool is just one of the efforts that the decorated swimmer has made to ensure that children of all ages, abilities and background are able to access swimming lessons.

swimming pool.
Image: We Are Swim Official

Speaking about Swim! Leeds Batley, the Becky Adlington commented: “As schools and leisure facilities closed and the pandemic left children with less spaces to get active, we needed to take action and give kids the chance to get moving, socialise with others and hopefully discover a new hobby.“

“Swimming is also an essential life-saving skill and we are determined to break down barriers, whether that be a lack of facilities, teachers or lesson availability, to make sure swimming is accessible for all children.“

“With the opening of the new Batley centre, children will not only learn to swim, but will gain a whole host of transferable skills sure to benefit them as they grow up.

Image: Becky Adlington’s Swim Stars

“It has been a joy to watch a new swim facility take shape in Yorkshire, and I hope it encourages local children to learn to love the water as much as I do.”

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For more information, including how to book a free introductory session, visit the Swim! website.

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