Your Leisure senior managers, board members and community managers along with TDC Councillors and the Mayor of Ramsgate attended Ramsgate Leisure Centre on Tuesday 14 January to officially launch the centre's brand-new PoolPod.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Rick Everitt, Deputy Leader, Councillor Helen Whitehead and Mayor of Ramsgate, Councillor Raushan Ara along joined the team from Your Leisure to mark the occasion as PoolPod represents a significant progression in providing improved accessibility to swimming. 

PoolPod is a submersible lift designed to provide dignified and independent access to the water for swimmers. Thanks to funding by the London Marathon Trust and Swim England, Ramsgate Leisure Centre aims to create an inclusive swimming environment for people with long-term health conditions, disabilities and rehabilitation needs. 

Your Leisure was able to install the PoolPod thanks to a successful funding application to Swim England and The London Marathon Trust. Due to the organisation's registered society (under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 with charitable status, Swim England and The London Marathon Trust approved the application making Ramsgate Leisure Centre one of only 20 pools in the country to provide PoolPod facilities to its members and customers. 

Ian Barker, Your Leisure’s Community and Funding Manager, said: “we are so proud to have this amazing, free to use addition to our centre. We already have had significant interest from like-minded organisations who are keen to refer their clients into the centre to use the PoolPod and therefore improve their wellbeing through swimming.” 

The PoolPod is free to use and open to anyone, for more information please contact Ramsgate Leisure Centre on 01843 585111, or click HERE to go to the Ramsgate Leisure Centre “swimming page,” or email ian.barker@yourleisure.uk.com for a free swimming voucher to try out the PoolPod.”