Government Roadmap Announcement – Our Response

The Swimathon Foundation is delighted to see the proposed reopening of swimming pools included in the Government’s roadmap out of Covid-19, with a staggered return taking place in the coming months.

The Government’s plans for England allow for the opening of outdoor swimming pools, lidos and open water venues from 29 March, in the first wave of easing lockdown restrictions.

And from 12 April, those plans allow for indoor pools to reopen for individuals and for household groups.

Scotland, meanwhile, have now announced their own timeline with pools reopening on 26 April, while we wait to hear confirmation of Wales and Northern Ireland’s roadmap.

After a tough year that has seen our Swimathon community go to incredible lengths to raise funds and complete incredible swimming feats, all despite numerous restrictions, the Swimathon Foundation cannot wait for all of you to be allowed back in the water.

“While there are still plenty of cautious days ahead and we recognise the Government’s roadmap is subject to change, we are really pleased that swimming is almost back for everyone,” said Anthony Kendall, Chair of the Swimathon Foundation. “It really does feel that the end is finally in sight.”

“Our Swimathon supporters were incredible last year, managing to raise more than £1million in the face of lockdowns and restrictions, and we are delighted on their behalf.

“Swimming can play a huge part in getting the nation active and healthy as we come out of lockdown, but the last 12 months have been immensely challenging for so many of the nation’s pools and facilities. We hope our second Covid-19 Relief Fund can go some way to supporting the aquatics community and we will continue to do everything we can to help the safe return of swimming for everyone, and to support those local authorities and operators who are helping to deliver that.”