Help Drayton swimmers get back in the pool

Drayton C of E Junior School are trying to raise money for their pool after the air conditioning sys

Drayton C of E Junior School are trying to raise money for their pool after the air conditioning system failed meaning pupils including(l to r) Jack Taylor and Anya and George Bond can't use the facility.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Little swimmers are crying out for their pool.

Drayton C of E Junior School are trying to raise money for their pool after the air conditioning sys

Drayton C of E Junior School are trying to raise money for their pool after the air conditioning system failed meaning pupils including(l to r) Jack Taylor and Anya and George Bond can't use the facility.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

The swimming pool at Drayton Junior School is bone dry after the air-exchange system broke.

Costing around £25,000 to replace - it is simply too expensive for the school to afford alone.

So staff and students are hoping fundraising and donations from the public will help them to pay for the repairs and even the possibility of a new roof.

A spokesperson from the school, said: 'In October the filtration was fixed temporarily but before Christmas it failed completely, We are going alll out fundraising to keep the pool open.'

The swimming pool opened in 1971 and many local people learnt their first strokes there.

Until its closure it was used by children from 15 different schools and 7 swimming clubs, meaning a lot of eager-swimmers are now having to find alternatives.

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Martin White, head teacher at Drayton Junior School, said: 'It is probably the best and most used school learner swimming pool in the county. Part of the problem is funding, All schools get funding to support swimming as part of the curriculum and we charge schools for them to come here to swim.'

Having to ensure the funding the school also stretches to pay for the refurbishment of the pool is an ongoing problem.

Mr White added: The whole pool is in need of serious refurbishment. The air-exchange system, which controls the heating and movement of the air on pool-side is likely to cost £25,000 to replace.

'The Friends Of Drayton Junior School have applied for an Improved Facilities Grant, but we are going to have to be able to match-fund this. This is why we are desperately looking for support from individuals, businesses and the local community as a whole. Learning to swim is an essential life skill, particularly in Norfolk. We need to be able to get our pool up reopened as soon as possible, so that we can continue to provide the children of our community with swimming lessons, just as we have been doing for the past 45 years.'

- To donate, either contact the school directly or visit their Just Giving site, https://www.justgiving.com/friendsof-djs/

- If you have a news story about someone fundraising for a good cause, email jemma.walker@archant.co.uk

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