Faversham Pool Opening 7 September
We are so happy to announce that our indoor pool is reopening on Monday 7 September.
Thanks to a very generous funding boost from Swale Borough Council, and the incredible support of our swimmers and local community, we are now getting ready to welcome you again.
More info will follow over the coming weeks, but we wanted to let you know as soon as possible.
Can’t wait to see you all again!
The Team at Fav Pools
The Pools have been closed since 22 March. Even with all costs minimised and staff furloughed, essential maintenance and utilities still cost the charity over £15,000 every month it is closed.
Reopening under the current restrictions would mean that the pool would not cover the considerable costs of operating, even if the outdoor pool season was extended into the autumn. Social and physical distancing requirements would mean that fewer swimmers would be allowed in at once. School groups will stay away until after the summer holidays. And lessons will be affected by the need to keep a distance from one another.
The income generated over the busy summer helps support the indoor pool over the much quieter winter months – during which the charity often makes a loss.
Chairman of Trustees Geoff Wade stresses that the Pools have made this decision with a clear focus on the charity’s long-term stability:
'We’ve been working very hard as a team to develop the best reopening plan for Faversham Pools and our users. As a board of trustees, our responsibility is to ensure the long-term stability and viability of the Pools. We cannot allow the charity to reopen only to make a loss which could put us out of business; it would be catastrophic and risks closure for the future. We know that people will be extremely disappointed - we are disappointed too - but have to do what is right to stay at the heart of this community for years to come. We’ll be spending the summer looking at ways to improve and refresh our facilities so we come back even better than ever!’
The Pools has launched a public fundraising appeal which so far has raised over £4000 to support the charity while it is closed. They invite swimmers to donate the cost of their usual swim – or whatever they can afford – to help preserve the facility at the heart of the town.
Development Manager Marylka Gowlland comments:
‘A very sincere thank you to everyone who has contributed to our appeal and sent messages of support. Every penny has helped us to keep going through these difficult weeks, and will put us in the best possible position for reopening.’
Donate to the appeal at www.gofundme.com/favershampools.