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Return to swimming Press release via The Scarborough News

Scarborough Swimming Club has been working closely with Scarborough Borough Council and the Scarborough Sports Village Management team , Everyone Active, to begin a safe return to swimming for all the local clubs in the area.

Some clubs in the country have been able to secure their pool time since swimming pools started to reopen on Saturday 25 July, however for many others , they are still unable to get in the water as their local facility is yet to open.

The strong partnership the Club and Sam Greetham have forged with both the Council and Everyone Active , has led to an equal amount of pool time being offered during August for Scarborough Swimming Club and all the other local clubs who use the pool , including the Scarborough Disabled swimming Club and further afield, Whitby Swimming Club , who are unable to currently use their own pool .

Sam explains, “It has not been a normal return to the water given the circumstances. However, the club has remained positive, while ensuring Covid 19 safety has been the main priority. We have put in a number protective measures for our coaches and swimmers , so initially we are going to be coaching using a face mask. We want to keep the safety aspect at the forefront of everything so that we can make sure that we can continue. The Swim England guidance has helped us significantly so that we had a good place to start, which was great. We’ve embraced that and tried to look at all areas, so that we had everything in place to come back to swimming in a safe manner. Our Covid Leads have risk assessed the areas we feel are important at the moment and we are continually reassessing and making adjustments. The guidance said to adapt it to your environment and your setting and that’s what we’ve done.

We work very closely with our pool providers and that’s really important, to build those future relationships. Everyone Active have put in place a thorough cleaning and sanitising regime and one way system, minimising contact points which is working well.

As the leading competitive club in the area, we are forging a path for all clubs in the area and keeping Scarborough SC as the hub of future competitive swimming. We currently have many talented swimmers and triathletes who still have Tokyo as their dream and we also have many swimmers who just love to swim and want to be the best they can be.

The swimmers are currently in small groups to minimise any Covid transmission, but as there are no major competitions at the moment, the focus will be on developing skilled training and building on that. Most importantly we are focused on getting all our swimmers back in the water in a recommended slow and phased return, while ensuring the safety of swimmers and Coaches is paramount in our decisions and we look forward as a club, to what the future will bring”

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