A SIX-figure funding boost to improve facilities at Wem Swimming and Lifestyle Centre has been welcomed in the town.

Wem Swimming and Lifestyle Centre is one of 325 leisure centres across 264 local authorities to receive a share of the £60 million in funding announced in funding from Sport England.

A total of £80 million has been provided to 442 facilities to date of the Swimming Pool Support Fund.


Simon Baynes, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for North Shropshire, welcomed the news that the UK government and Sport England have provided £138,400 in funding for the Wem Swimming and Lifestyle Centre.

He said: “I am delighted that Wem Swimming and Lifestyle Centre will benefit from £138,400 of investment from the government and Sport England.

“The funding is part of the government’s Swimming Pool Support Fund which has so far invested £80 million into 442 swimming pools across the country since last year.

“The new £138,400 investment will deliver Photo Voltaic (PV) panels which will help the leisure centre relieve financial pressure by cutting running costs.

“Alongside the Swimming Pool Support Fund, the Government is investing over £300 million in grassroots sports facilities including football pitches and tennis courts of which Baschurch FC North Shropshire was a beneficiary.

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“Wem Swimming and Lifestyle Centre is an excellent and popular facility, allowing people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the benefits of exercise.”

The investment comes from the Swimming Pool Support Fund, administered by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport with additional funds from Sport England.

The funds will be used to help decarbonise the centre through the delivery of Photo Voltaic (PV) Panels, allowing it to become more energy efficient and ensure the financial resilience of the site.