Category Archives: Swimming

Crystal Palace at risk as London squanders its Olympic legacy

Britain’s Olympic heroes and heroines had barely stepped off their homecoming flights from Tokyo than coaches and administrators were warning that the promised “sporting legacy” of greater participation and increased achievement and excellence is being squandered through neglect and lack … Continue reading

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11-year-old schoolgirl splashes the cash in swim fundraiser

Inspired by her Olympic heroes Alice Dearing, Adam Peaty and Michael Phelps, 11-year-old Amelia Smith is on a mission to get more Croydon children swimming. Smith has loved swimming since her first visit to her local pool when just six … Continue reading

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Choong’s Olympic gold burnished on playing fields of Croydon

Whitgift School can now add Olympic gold to the long list of sporting achievements of its former pupils, after Joe Choong won the men’s modern pentathlon at the Tokyo Games yesterday. Whitgift has long been a nurturing ground for outstanding … Continue reading

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Sanderstead mum’s Channel swim closes in on bionic target

An amputee from Sanderstead has added “Channel swimmer” to her list of accomplishments after a 15-hour relay effort at the weekend gave the latest cash boost to her fund-raising campaign to pay for a bionic hand. Nicola Wilding, 44, was … Continue reading

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Purley Pool remains shut despite £1m grant to council

Croydon Council has received nearly £1million of government covid cash from a fund to ensure local sports and leisure facilities can reopen safely after the coronavirus lockdown – but the authority has done nothing to open the doors of Purley … Continue reading

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Councillor warns Purley leisure centre may never reopen

A ward councillor in Purley says that the council-owned swimming pool and leisure centre there, which has been closed since March because of coronavirus, is at serious risk of never being reopened.

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Sign up for Purley Swimathon to raise funds for your cause

“Don’t delay – enter a team today” is the message from the organisers of this year’s Purley Rotary’s Swimathon, being staged at Purley Pool on Saturdays March 7 and 14. Deadline for entries is February 8 and full details, including … Continue reading

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Edberg has a (tennis) ball at Purley club after £2.5m upgrade

Stefan Edberg, the former Wimbledon tennis champion, was in Croydon recently to preside over the relaunch of the David Lloyd Purley health and fitness club following a £2.5million investment in new and improved facilities. Edberg, the Wimbledon winner in 1988 … Continue reading

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Pool plans would make swims less accessible at Crystal Palace

The draft plans for the future of the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre being presented as the “final” consultation at the venue tomorrow would, if finally approved by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, make it virtually impossible for the elderly … Continue reading

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‘Unrealistic’ plans for Crystal Palace face a ‘final’ showdown

The latest draft of plans for the future of the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace “falls way short” and is “unrealistic”, according to the campaign group which represents thousands of users of the Olympic legacy sports facilities. There is … Continue reading

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GLL Foundation seeks applications for 2019 round of funding

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Purley Rotary Club Swimathon 2019, Feb 23/Mar 2

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Meeting to discuss mounting threat to Crystal Palace centre

The Crystal Palace Community Association is holding an open meeting next week to discuss the future of the National Sports Centre. As details of plans for the Centre have emerged during the recent consultation process, organised on behalf of the … Continue reading

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Amnesty swimmers cover 25 miles to highlight refugee crisis

More than a dozen supporters of Amnesty International on Saturday swam a combined 1,152 lengths of a pool to raise money and awareness for the thousands of refugees who are forced to make the life-threatening journey across the Aegean Sea … Continue reading

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Angry complaints force U-turn over leisure centre charges

The council’s ‘Better’ leisure centres have been forced to abandon plans to charge the carers of disabled people for use of the facilities. But those on low incomes are still expected to pay £28.50 for a membership scheme they probably … Continue reading

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Croydon pools to offer free summer swimming for under-16s

Youngsters aged 16 and under can use swimming pools at five Croydon leisure centres for free this summer.

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Is the bell sounding for the final lap at Crystal Palace NSC?

There’s a public consultation underway to try to resolve the future of the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace. And it’s déjà vu all over again. Poor publicity for the process run by a bunch of consultants, a reluctant attitude … Continue reading

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2018 Purley Swimathon, Purley Pool, Feb 24 and Mar 1

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Council is splashing the cash for another swimming summer

Croydon’s Labour council has splashed the cash again, to give the borough’s under-16-year-olds free swimming sessions over the summer holidays. The free offer runs from Monday July 26 to Tuesday September 4. “This is the fourth summer in a row … Continue reading

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Croydon schoolboy is rewarded for his Peake performances

A pupil from a Croydon school has just had an out-of-this-world experience, meeting British astronaut Tim Peake at a reception in No 10 Downing Street. Michael Eagling, 15, was invited to the event, hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May, after … Continue reading

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Make a splash with council’s free swimming offer for under-16s

Free summer swimming for under-16s is available at all of Croydon Council’s leisure centres for the six weeks of the schools’ summer holidays. As well as free swimming there will be crash courses for those new to the water, and … Continue reading

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Make a charity splash in the new year with Purley Swimathon

There are still a few lanes available for eager fund-raisers at the 2016 Purley Swimathon on Saturday February 27 and Thursday March 3.

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Tooting Triathlon Relay, Tooting Bec Lido, Sep 27

Online entry for the 2015 Relay Tri is open!

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Coe’s Olympic legacy promises left in ruins at Crystal Palace

In all the furore surrounding corruption at FIFA, the world governing body of football, one name that has barely been mentioned is Sebastian Coe. Lord Coe spent almost two years as the chairman of FIFA’s ethics committee. He was appointed … Continue reading

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Tooting Bec Lido aquathlon race series starts May 27

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