New swimming pool in White City

Cllr Stephen Burke, leader of the council, and Cllr Melanie Smallman,
cabinet member for education, pictured at the new pool with pupils from Wormholt Park Primary School, in White City.

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A brand new swimming pool has splashed down in White City- so residents, schools and community groups in the north of the borough now have fantastic new leisure facilities on their doorstep.

The £4 million Janet Adegoke Swimming Pool, which opens to the public on Wednesday (25 January), replaces the swimming facilities of the old Janet
Adegoke Centre, in White City and has a common entrance with the Phoenix Fitness Centre, in Bloemfontein Road.

The new leisure complex, called the Phoenix Fitness Centre and Janet Adegoke Swimming Pool, means residents can swim, work-out and relax in the same
centre, which is managed for the council by not-for-profit group Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL).

Local schools and nurseries have already tried out the new pool. Donald Barnes, whose three year-old son Rhys joined a session with children from Harmony Neighbourhood Nursery in the learners'/children's pool, said: "Rhys had a great time - he didn't want to leave. I am so pleased that this pool has opened just over
the road from where we live."

Jana Hassan, manager of Harmony Neighbourhood Nursery, said: "It's a great new facility and we plan to bring our children here again in the near future."

The new Janet Adegoke Swimming Pool, in White City, features:
* a 25m lane pool plus learners'/children's pool, sauna, lounge and viewing area
* five lanes for swimmers in the main pool
* full accessibility for disabled swimmers, with a further lane of the main pool providing an access ramp for wheelchair users.

Cllr Stephen Burke, leader of the council, said: "The new Janet Adegoke Swimming Pool means residents and schools in the north of the borough now have new state-of-the-art swimming and fitness facilities on their doorstep. Children, staff and parents from local schools and nurseries have already taken the plunge and the pool is certain to prove a big hit with everybody in the area."

Phoenix High School headteacher, William Atkinson, said: "The new pool is a first-class facility and a real asset to the whole community. It has been built as part of the successful partnership between the school and the council which led to the Phoenix Fitness Centre being set up."

Mark Sesnan, managing director for GLL, said: "The partnership between Hammersmith & Fulham Council and GLL brings local services and social enterprise together to deliver inclusive, relevant and high quality leisure facilities for the borough, which rival those of privately-run fitness centres. We look forward to working with the council in managing the new pool facilities and positively contributing to the promotion of equality and quality of life for everyone in Hammersmith & Fulham."

January 22, 2006