ServicesPower CutsHelp
SERVER12

News

Follow us

Twitter Icon Facebook Iconfbmessanger

Instagram Icon linkedIn Icon YouTube Icon

Splash of cash is an energy boost for village pool

Young swimmers in a Cambridgeshire village can continue to make a splash thanks to a cash award from a power company.

From Press releases - 28 January 2015 12:00 AM

Hauxton swimmers.jpg

Young swimmers in a Cambridgeshire village can continue to make a splash thanks to a cash award from a power company.

The Hauxton School Association has been awarded a £250 grant from UK Power Networks which will help to pay the energy bills for the swimming pool where children from the village learn to swim.

UK Power Networks owns and maintains the vast network of underground cables, overhead power lines and substations which take electricity to the doors of more than eight million customers across the East of England, London and the South East.

It encourages employees who are involved with amateur sports groups to apply for the £250 grant to help boost their coffers. Last year more than £6700 was awarded to teams in the East of England alone.

Nigel Coatsworth is a category manager at the UK Power Networks Bury St Edmunds office and successfully applied for the grant.

He has lived in Hauxton for about five years, has two children who attend the village pre-school and is a community swimming pool trustee.

The four foot deep pool was built in 1978 by people who lived in the village, and was designed specifically for children to learn to swim in. Over the years hundreds of children have earned their water wings there and thanks to the efforts of fundraisers this can continue for the swimmers of the future.

Mr Coatsworth, himself a former swimmer who used to swim for Brighton, said: “This money is vital as it will pay for half of the electricity bills for the year.
“I am really keen for people to swim and this grant means that all children in the parish can continue to swim for free.

“It costs more than £2,100 a year to run the pool and about £660 of that is the electricity bill. It is really hard to keep the money coming in but grants like this do help”