8th May 2019 — On Friday 3 May, Godstowe Preparatory School's brand-new Swimming Pool was officially opened by Olympic Gold Medallist, Rebecca Adlington OBE.
Rebecca gave an inspiring talk to the pupils and answered questions, before cutting the ribbon. Then the pool records were set with some exciting races!
Impressed with the facility, Rebecca commented “the new pool at Godstowe is an incredible facility, and it was my absolute pleasure to spend time speaking to the pupils. It is my vision to see all children leave primary education able to swim. I am keen to share what swimming has given me in terms of confidence, teamwork and communication skills, as well as it being an important life skill in terms of safety and fitness.”
Godstowe Headmistress, Sophie Green said “We are absolutely delighted with the completed pool. Our pupils have enjoyed filling a time capsule to place in the undercroft and we are all very excited to see the pool in full use”
The £2.8m competition-sized pool development replaces the school’s outdated 1970s facility. It was designed by MorseWebb Architects to meet Sport England’s design specifications. It has integrated showers and changing rooms, as well energy-efficient photovoltaic solar panels on the roof and LED lighting.