Splish, splash, splosh!
Community spirit has always been at the heart of the University of Bath and our London 2012 Legacy pool is no exception. It’s used by everyone – staff, students Olympians, Pentathlon GB and even babies getting their first water wings.
Our very first swimming pool opened in 1974, where it was used by around 70 people during its first week. Fast forward 20 years and the chance to host the European Youth Olympics came along. We jumped at it and bagged a lottery grant for a whopping £20 million. Now we could really start to think big about sport.
Our Sports Training Village was born, and along with it a 50m Olympic pool, only one of a handful that size in the UK. We quickly opened it up to staff, families and the wider community too –they loved it as they’d previously had to travel to Colerne, about half an hour away, for their swims.
Today, after further refurbishment, our London 2012 Legacy Pool remains open to the wider community and has over 300,000 swimmers a year. At this rate, during the course of its guaranteed 20-year life span, it will be used for an astonishing 6.2million swims!
Michael Jamieson, London 2012 silver medalist, described the pool as “home for five-and-a-half years”. It’s a spirit we hope to continue for the next 50.