Who are we and what do we do?
Cambrian Aquatics are proud to have completed their first year in business and recently celebrated the fact with a day long party at the pool. We hosted many free activities and must apologise to those we were unable to accommodate in the public swim as we had exceeded the maximum number of swimmers we are allowed in the pool. This was totally unexpected and demonstrates how popular the pool is.
Cambrian Aquatics was formed in December 2015 following the successful negotiation by the Community Group led by Sarah Breeze, Steve Carney, Mike Lewis and Simon Morgan; to take over Connah’s Quay Swimming Pool which was at risk of closure following Government funding cuts which impacted services in Flintshire. Between Dec 2015 and May 2016 the directors of Cambrian Aquatics successfully transferred the pool from a council facility to a community run social enterprise, operating as a not for profit business. The work and dedication of the directors and newly recruited staff has seen the pool remain open and reduce costs by over £250,000 in the first year.
The team is formed from a diverse background of employees, who all have a passion for aquatic sports and providing a high quality service for our local community. It has steadily increased in size from 14 people up to 34 full and part time employees; many of whom are finding new employment with Cambrian Aquatics and they have all been trained to teach and lifeguard. We have grown our customer base and have 1000 children in our ‘Learn To Swim’ programme, 250 club swimmers across Connah’s Quay Swimming Club, Nofio Clwyd and Deeside Disabled Club. Our public swim hours have doubled since opening and we have a strong following from our over 60 community who attend at no cost to them every morning with cheer and dedication. We are very proud to host 14 primary schools and are always looking at innovative ways to keep their costs down, like sharing transport by altering our program to fit better with the school day.
We have also invested almost £100,000 in our facility since transfer which has come from Flintshire County Council, Sport Wales, Connah’s Quay Town Council, Queensferry Community Council, The Lottery Fund and other funding providers to improve facilities, service and sustainability. We will continue this investment over the coming months with some more visible work, such as, re-grouting the pool and painting the changing rooms. The decoration work will be completed by College Cambria students, who have already done an excellent job in our meeting room and corridor areas. This has provided them with a real life training experience, as well as providing a community benefit. As we refurbish areas we aim to both reduce running costs and increase our income from non-swimming related products. This helps maintain the pool as a sustainable business and reinvest any profit into new products and improvements.
We always welcome volunteers to help this much loved facility remain open and provide the life skill of swimming to the local population.
What 's coming Soon?
With summer fast approaching we have an exciting school holiday program in the planning. Keep an eye on social media for more details. We are also opening a retail outlet for swimwear, swim accessories and triathlon equipment and are inviting local swimming clubs to attend our opening day on 25th June 10am to 2pm to sample some of our new TYR kit.
Thanks for your support and we will continue to work with the community to develop new programs and resolve issues with lessons and communication.