WYRE Forest Leisure Centre is set to have new energy-saving equipment thanks to a £25,000 grant from Sport England.

Wyre Forest District Council successfully applied for a grant from The Swimming Pool Support Fund. 

It will be used to buy a new cover for the swimming pool, which will reduce heating costs, reduce cleaning time, and help conserve water.

264 local authorities have received a share of the £60m funding. £20 million has been provided by Sport England via the National Lottery and just over £40 million has been provided by the Government as part of their commitment to support the long-term sustainability of public leisure.

Tracey Onslow, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet member for culture, leisure, arts and community safety said: “Swimming pools and leisure centres are vital community resources and are enormously important in helping people to be physically active. This new funding will help us improve our energy efficiency to be more environmentally and financially sustainable, so they remain available for future generations to enjoy.”

Stuart Booton, contracts manager at Wyre Forest Leisure Centre added: “Wyre Forest Leisure Centre is delighted to learn that the council was successful in the Sport England's application.

“The introduction of a swimming pool cover will be another energy-saving measure that we can introduce to assist us in our overall aim to reduce energy consumption across the business.”