First swimming pool tiles laid at new leisure centre
7:30am Sat Feb 20, 2016
David Davies and Matthew Johnson help to tile the pool at the new leisure centre.
David Davies and Matthew Johnson help to tile the pool at the new leisure centre.
Founding members of a swimming group for the disabled were the first to lay tiles in the pool areas at the new leisure centre in Newark.
A total of 10,000 tiles will be put down over the next three weeks ahead of the multi-million pound centre’s opening in the spring.

David Davies, 13, and Matthew Johnson, 16, of Newark Disabled Swimming Club, laid the first two tiles at the centre on Bowbridge Road.

Matthew said: “It was a good moment. I was the first member to join the swimming club and the first person to lay a tile in the new pool.”

Members of the disabled swimming club had met weekly at the Grove Leisure Centre, Balderton, which is being replaced by the new centre.

The adult and learner pools will be fully-accessible to all thanks to pool pods, which can lift people in and out of the water.

David and Matthew were joined by other long-serving members to help lay the first tiles.

Charlie Twiner, 16, said: “I enjoy the swimming lessons.

“I’m looking forward to using the new sports centre. It will be good to be somewhere new.”

After the tiles have been laid over the next three weeks, more than 500,000 litres of water will be pumped in.

Around 450,000 litres will be pumped into the adult pool and around 80,000 litres into the learner pool.

A team of 16 people will be laying a total of around 250,000 tiles in and around the pools, including floor and wall tiles.

'We have been talking about getting a new pool for years'

Mrs Helen Ellison, inclusive activities officer at Active4Today, said: “Everyone is excited.

“I was a swimmer at Newark Swimming Club and we have been talking about getting a new pool for years.”

Newark and Sherwood District Council chairman Mr Ivor Walker said: “This is what it’s all about — bringing youngsters in.

“It’s good of RG Carter staff, who are developing the centre, to give up their time and involve us to lay the first tiles.

“When you saw the smiles on the children’s faces it made it all worthwhile.”

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