The funds will be used to sustain the SpArC pool, so that pupils from the South-West Shropshire Learning Trust can meet Key Stage 1 and 2 requirements to swim competently over a distance of at least 25 metres, to use a range of strokes, and to perform self-rescue.

Specifically, we aim for £50,000 in order to carry out a much needed refurbishment to pool changing rooms, to provide an automatic pool cover, and to contribute to the cost of insulating the pool hall.

The SpArC sport and arts centre in Bishops Castle is in danger of closing due to funding cuts - seeing its budget cut to zero by 2017/18. In the short term we seek to raise £50,000 to refurbish the swimming pool & its facilities.  This must be done first because it is the area in greatest need of attention, is the most costly part of the facility to run and therefore most vulnerable to closure. In order to guarantee the longer term sustainability of the centre as a whole we need to raise a further £200,000. We hope this can be achieved during 2016.