College on track for more Olympic hopefuls as funding secures 50m pool

ITV News, 29.01.16, ten years after London was awarded the 2012 Olympics, the access to sufficient PE and school sport for youngsters is, still a major talking point. HMC member school Mount Kelly features.

The Olympic Legacy is all about making a long term commitment to sport and one college in Tavistock is on the verge of seeing big changes thanks to funding from Sport England.

Over the years Mount Kelly - or Kelly College as it used to be known - has helped develop the swimming careers of more than 60 international swimmers.

An incredible 19 of those have competed at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

Now the school is building an eight-lane, 50m pool to train elite swimmers and encourage young hopefuls. It'll be used by Mount Kelly pupils, local and regional state schools and swimming clubs from around the UK.

"The pool here is going to make a huge difference on the function of learning to swim but also part of our legacy is to continue to contribute towards international and Olympic selection for the UK and the British team." – Rob Brew, Director of Swimming

The new pool will cost in the region of £6million pounds, which the School has had to find around half of, and there's been £700,000 of Sport England National Lottery funding.

"It's probably taken us about five years to get this far and it wouldn't have been possible without Sport England and the National Lottery they are fairly demanding and they insisted on the percentages of time given over to community use so we'll be running the Amateur swimming learn to swim programme we'll be letting lanes to swimming clubs across the South West." – Richard Smith, Mount Kelly

If the building work goes according to plan, come August these elite swimmers will be able to train everyday in an Olympic size pool rather than their current twenty five metre one.

For some people the London Olympic legacy of a fitter, healthier nation looks further away than ever but these West Country youngsters have no such complaints

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