A SCHOOL is diving into a fundraising campaign to raise £77,000 to refurbish its pool.
Leesland Juniors in Gosport needs the roof replaced and the heating upgraded for the pool, which caters for seven other schools and lessons for youngsters.
It would be a massive loss if the pool had to close.Kate Dowell
The pool will stay open while the money is raised but a leak in the roof means it could have to close.
Kate Dowell, business manager at the school in Gordon Road, said: ‘It would be a massive loss if the pool had to close.
‘We have around 800 swims there a week and there is nowhere else in Gosport that has a pool like ours.
‘It’s perfect for teaching primary school pupils how to swim and is used seven days a week by Aqua Academy and by seven other schools in the area.’
The school decided to refurbish the pool after leaks appeared in the roof.
Although two were repaired, the third would have cost around £6,000 to fix.
It was advised to re-do the whole roof as it was the original from when the pool was built in 1972.
Ms Dowell added: ‘Although the pool is still open and usable, we want to fix the problem as soon as we can.
‘We don’t want it to get so bad that the pool has to close. It would be such a shame if it did.’
So far the school has raised £17,000 from its budget for the year, cake sales and bag-packing in supermarkets.
Aqua Academy has donated money.
Directors Jo Corben and Caroline McCulloch gave a cheque of £1,384 to the school.
Caroline said: ‘The pool is great for us because the deepest it goes is 1.25m.
‘Other pools in Gosport go a lot deeper and children cannot learn to do lengths because it is too deep.
‘I don’t know what we would do if the pool had to close down.’