Joy as swimming pool is reopened

A swimming pool at a Norfolk school has been transformed thanks to a massive fundraising effort by the local community.

The indoor pool at Hobart High School in Loddon has reopened after undergoing a major overhaul to bring the facility up to scratch.

It took four years of hard work to find the money needed to revamp the pool and the scheme has cost in the region of �480,000.

Loddon White Dolphins Swimming Club has raised about �28,000 towards the cost of the work and the remaining funds were found from grants and the school's budget and maintenance fund.

The pool was originally built in the 1960s and was covered by a fibreglass canopy.

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But after years of use the facility had begun to look tired and warn.

A new building has been built to house the pool, the changing rooms have been redesigned and refurbished, and the pool has new air and heating systems.

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Hobart High School headteacher John Robson said he was delighted with the revamped facility.

'From the school's point of view and for the people who are using the pool, I do not think we could have delivered a better result given the fact it was an existing building,' he said.

'I think what we have produced is outstanding in terms of overall cost. I think we have got an extremely good value for money project.

'The children are excited to have the pool back and they are amazed how much better the facility is compared with how it was before Christmas.'

Mark Stone, chairman of Loddon White Dolphins Swimming Club and PE teacher at the school, said the community had rallied round to raise funds for the project.

He said: 'This is a fantastic community effort. We have had donations of �5 right up to �1,000. It has guaranteed swimming in this area for another two, three or four generations. It is an amazing facility now for the school to have.'

The pool will be officially opened at a ceremony on June 9.

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