Councilor Rosser visits the pool with school principal Nathan Prygodzicz, as well as the chairman of the school governors and school and recreation staff. Image: RCTCBC.
Submitted by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council
A complete renovation of the Ferndale Community School swimming pool has now reopened to the public after being transformed into a first class facility for the community.
The Ferndale Pool has undergone an extensive £ 1million work program, including a complete internal remodel with new changing rooms, showers and toilets – as well as a new fitness room, gallery ‘observation and office space – all delivered as part of the council’s capital investment program. .
The existing billiard room has also been upgraded with a new vapor barrier stretch ceiling, resin flooring system and a drainage channel to the perimeter of the pool. All electrical and mechanical installations are also completely renewed, with new comfort cooling and LED lighting throughout the 21st century facility.
On the outside, the building has benefited from new fully insulated flat and pitched roof systems, while all exterior windows and doors have been replaced. The main entrance has also been renovated, as well as the new parking lot markings.
The pool reopened to the public on Monday, June 28, for fun family swimming and lane swimming sessions. Online reservations can be made on the Leisure for Life app, with payments through the app or in person on arrival. Walk-in clients are accepted, but admission is strictly based on availability due to limited numbers as per Covid-19 guidelines.
A number of necessary Covid-19 restrictions are in place to ensure the safety of all visitors – including individual cabins in locker rooms, and the cleaning of these and other shared spaces between sessions. The gymnasium will remain closed, while school swimming sessions have not yet resumed.
The board is delighted that the facility can resume hosting the Rhondda Swim Club sessions, with the club following its own risk assessment to ensure safety.
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Councilor Joy Rosser, member of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Council Cabinet for Education and Inclusion Services, said: “It is fantastic news that the Ferndale Community School swimming pool can reopen to the public, continued to its £ 1million investment provided by the council. The pool is managed by the school for the community, and I was delighted to visit their new facility this week to see the incredible transformation throughout the building.
“This investment complements the 21st Century Schools project delivered to the school in 2020 – including new ICT suites, a new design and technology room, a refurbished science lab, and the remodeling of the existing layout to create a classroom. extra class. The newly renovated swimming pool will provide a fantastic place for the school and others in the area to take swimming lessons once it is possible and convenient under the Covid-19 restrictions. “
Councilor Ann Crimmings, member of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s consultancy firm for Environment, Recreation and Heritage Services, said: “The stunning new Ferndale Pool environment is a significant improvement over the offering. previous year, and the council’s investment created a first-class recreation facility. for the community. It was delivered alongside the “all-weather” 3G sports field, which the school and community have enjoyed since September 2018 through the Schools of the 21st Century program.
“I am very happy that the new look swimming pool is now open to the public, as well as the Pontypridd Swim Club several times a week. Reservations are now being accepted, and I’m sure all visitors to the old facility will agree that this is a fantastic first class upgrade for Rhondda Fach.
Ferndale Community School swimming pool reopened with support from the Council’s Leisure for Life department, which brings expertise in reservation systems, pool and fitness management and operates in a Covid-19 secure manner.
Although the Leisure for Life app is used for pool reservations, please be aware that it is not part of the Leisure for Life membership offer. It is not included in your unlimited access. Everyone is free to use the pool on a pay-as-you-go basis.
The Ferndale Community School swimming pool has adopted standard Covid-19 safety measures for guests. Swimmers must arrive ready to swim (bathers under their clothes) and undress by the pool, placing their belongings in a numbered basket. At the end of the swim, they will be directed to an assigned changing room, which has the same number as their basket, to dry off with a towel and get dressed. Showers and hairdryers are not used at this time.