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Rivermead New Pool


Reading’s new 5 lane 25m pool opened at Rivermead Leisure Complex on 15th January, adding to the existing lagoon pool, enabling Rivermead to cater for the needs of both leisure swimming and traditional swimming customers.

The Council are in the process of letting a contract for the running and updating of all its facilities which will commence next year.

As well as a new operator running Meadway Sports Centre, Academy Sports Centre and Palmer Park Sports Stadium we will be building 2 new swimming pools, a 25m Community Pool with teaching pool at Palmer Park Sports Stadium and a new competition pool with both diving and viewing for Galas to replace Central Swimming Pool at Richfield Avenue.

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The Council and Clubs have been working together to ensure that not only are public swimming facilities available but that sports activity can continue. The clubs based at Central Swimming Pool continue to thrive and have relocated to both local facilities and the new pool at Rivermead.

Club sessions that have relocated to Rivermead are as follows:

Reading Swimming Club

Reading Swimming Club, established in 1885, is one of the oldest swimming clubs in the country, and a founding member of the Berks and South Bucks County ASA. Club sessions will be held at the new pool:
• Tuesdays 19.00-22.00pm
• Thursdays 18.30-22.00pm
• Saturdays 5.30-7.00am

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Reading Cygnets Swimming Club

The Reading Cygnets Swimming Club was founded in 1981 for people with learning disabilities. Club sessions will be held at the new pool:
• Saturdays 13.00-15.00pm
• Sundays 18.30-19.30pm

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Reading Royals Synchronised Swimming Club

Reading Royals Synchronised Swimming Club is one of the most successful sports clubs in Reading. Established in 1969 and re-named to incorporate "Royals" in the title before the town's football team adopted it, the Club has has great success both nationally and Internationally. Club sessions will be held at the new pool:
• Sundays 16.30-18.30pm

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Albatross Diving Club

Albatross Diving Club has been in Reading since 1978 and have experienced success of divers at Junior International, National, Regional and Local competitions. After the closure of Central Pool, the club will be hosting sessions at the new facility at the Abbey School Reading. The club will also be delivering sessions in brand new dry-land facilities at Rivermead Leisure Centre Reading.

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Tilehurst Swimming Club

Tilehurst Swimming Club were founded 20 years ago with a focus on people developing a love for swimming at a young age. After the closure of Central Pool, the club will be hosting sessions at a number of venues including Academy Sport Leisure Centre and Crossfields, Queen Anne & The Abbey Schools.

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