Swimming Against the Tide

Swimming Against The Tide is a jointly funded improvement programme for Wadebridge Sports and Leisure Centre made possible by a Community Ownership Grant from UK Government Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and match funding provided by a range of individual local, and national funders.

The aims of the programme are to: 

  • Return the fabric and plant of the building to good condition fit for the future reducing carbon footprint wherever possible
  • Reduce the operating costs of the centre through energy efficient plant, reduced reliance on pool chemicals and investments that improve staff workflow
  • Increase revenue through introduction of new services namely a soft play facility for children under 11 and a healthy eating cafe

Latest Update

Work is currently underway to reconfigure the ‘dry side’ space on the ground floor to allow for the new studio, accessible change village, cafe and softplay. All dryside activities are continuing as normal and users are asked to arrive changed where possible and use facilities poolside where necessary. Dryside works are expected to complete at the end of July 2024.

The swimming pool is due to close at the end of Sunday 2nd June, it is scheduled to reopen mid August - exact date to be confirmed. Following this the pool will be drained and significant refurbishment will take place to modernise the space and make it an accessible, enjoyable space that reflects our close community ties.

Completed Projects

Many aspects of this programme have already been completed with highlights including: 

  • investment in new air handling plant for the pool side to enable energy efficiency and a comfortable, consistent water and pool temperature
  • refurbishment of the sports hall including resurfacing of the floor, redecoration and new equipment for our sports including netball, badminton, basketball and football
  • replacement of internal and external fire doors to meet current standards and reduce heat loss 
  • installation of LED lighting, light sensors and insulation to improve energy efficiency
  • purchase of new equipment for the gym
  • creation of a new management office on the first floor

Still To Come

  • Solar PV - funded by Swimming Pool Support Fund/National Lottery
  • Squash Court - funding tbc
  • Gym improvements - funding TBC
  • Additional accessible ‘changing places’ compliant facility pool side - funding tbc