All about Arundel Lido:
Arundel Lido took a chance on me and allowed me to teach mermaid swimming. I have big names behind me – the Royal Life Saving Society and and Swim England. However, I was unable to find a place that shared my passion for making swimming fun, safe and creative.
Arundel Lido’s passion for the community is evident in all they do. From swimming lessons to community activities, they provide it all. I love the stories that come from talking to Nikki at Arundel Lido. Arundel Lido works with the Aldingbourne Trust and Oak Grove College to provide volunteering opportunities and skill share. They also work with the local schools to provide swimming lessons to ensure children are safe around the water (another one of my passions). Additionally, Nikki works with local partners to provide disability awareness training.
This pool is so much more than just a pool, but a bubbling community! Providing socialisation for adults in the community (hello early morning swimming with breakfast!), opportunities to grow and develop with swimming lessons for all ages and recruitment opportunities for local people.
Wow! I bet you didn’t know all of that! The truth is, I didn’t either. Working with Arundel Lido has opened my eyes to the jewel that this is in the community, It is also incredibly affordable – a whole day out for the family for under £20 is really rare these days!
The setting is also spectacular and has become my favourite place in the world to swim. Arundel Castle stands proud on the hill above the Lido!
Therefore, it was the perfect place for my sponsored swim attempt!
So what? Why do they need money?
Considering all they do for the community, they want to add even more facilities in order to provide more activities (and more local jobs!).
Arundel & Downland Community Leisure Trust who operate Arundel Lido, launched Project LEAP in 2016 to become an all-year-round facility including
- A 26-station Gym
- A Multi-purpose Community Hall
- An Indoor Café
- Heated Changing Rooms (with showers, toilets and lockers)
Personally, I can’t wait for the heated changing rooms!
The nearest public leisure centre is Littlehampton – a 20 minute drive in good traffic! It would be amazing to offer these facilities on the doorstep of Arundel. The money that I am raising through my sponsored swim will go towards Project LEAP.