A MUCH loved community swimming pool in Leonard Stanley needs a bit of TLC before welcoming swimmers back.

The pool at Leonard Stanley Primary School has previously provided hours of happiness and entertainment for school children and local families over the summer months.

But due to the pandemic, it has been out of use since summer 2019, and now needs some essential upgrades if it is to reopen this year.

Friends of Leonard Stanley School (FOLSS) who fund and run the pool are now calling for help to raise £14,000 to get the facility up and running again.

Friends secretary Annaleise Jones said: “To have a local school with a swimming pool accessible to local families is such an amazing thing.

“It has been out of use since summer 2019 due to the pandemic, and we really want to get it up and running again, as well as making these improvements for future generations of our local residents.

“Without these upgrades the pool may be unable to open, and this would be a massive loss to the school and the community - our local kids are desperate to get back in the water.”

Mr Babbage, deputy head and PE leader at the school said: “This pool means so much to our school family.

“All school children get the chance to swim every day during the summer term, and in the holidays local children can come and enjoy the facilities with their families.

“It really is a treasured resource.

“We just want to say a huge thank you in advance to anyone who helps, in whatever way they can. As a small group of school fundraisers, this is a mammoth task - but we believe with the help of the local community we can absolutely achieve it.”

To help support the swimming pool fundraiser visit: crowdfunder.co.uk/folss-outdoor-pool-reopening-and-renovation