Young swimmers in Northallerton will dive back into action tomorrow ( 25th July) as pools reopen across the country.
Youngsters from Northallerton Amateur Swimming Club have been waiting patiently since pools were closed in March due to the Coronavirus lockdown. Life without swimming has been a big adjustment for the youngsters, some of whom train up to four times a week.
Pools had expected to be allowed to open on 4th July, but the government delayed its decision, prompting a nationwide campaign led by Swim England to #OpenOurPools, which featured pleas from the sport’s biggest names, including Olympians Adam Peaty and Sharron Davies, to get Britain swimming again. The government finally announced on 9th July that all pools would be able to open from 25th July.
So, after weeks of planning, training will finally begin again at Northallerton on Saturday, although it will be a little bit different. Social distancing measures mean sessions will run with half the number of swimmers, with one-way systems in place and with showers and changing rooms out of action. Instead the young people are expected to arrive “ready to swim” with flip flops and onesies or similar and do a quick change on poolside.
The coaching team at NASC have been working closely with management at Northallerton leisure centre to ensure a safe return to the pool.
Head coach Greg Ient said.
“We are so grateful to Fiona Wilson the manager at Northallerton Leisure centre for all her dedicated work towards swimming in Hambleton during this time. Her time, energy and commitment to the club safely returning to the pool has been amazing. It’s been a long wait, but we are excited to get back in the water”
Meanwhile club captain, 18-year-old Harriet Davison said
“ Life without swimming has been really weird. We’ve been trying to keep fit at home and the club has been posting workouts and having zoom catch ups. But although we have started some dryside training recently, nothing can replace being in the pool. We can’t wait to get started again!”