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About Us

Stamford Bridge Parents Association, now known as PACT (Parents and Carers Together - Registered Charity Number: 532347), was formed on 18th September 1973.  The head teacher at that time, Vic Naylor, wanted a swimming pool for the school.  A child from the infant school had drowned in the River Derwent in July 1962, and later a small boy had drowned by filling up his water pistol from the river.  It was clear to everyone the dangers of the river to young people.  The whole community got behind the idea of having a pool attached to the school.  Everybody young and old helped to raise money, ranging from collecting newspaper and plastic for recycling, to dances, fairs and cake stalls.  After seven years of fundraising, the building work for the pool began July 1980, and after some problems opened May 1982 as an open-air pool.  A little later a plastic bubble was erected over the pool so it could be used for longer periods throughout the year.  The original pool cost £14,000.  It was used by the school to ensure that all children could swim.  The bubble was subject to some vandalism, so another massive fundraising effort followed and a building and changing rooms were added in 1993.

The pool continues to serve the school and provide swimming lessons for the children.  There are also independent swim schools, public swimming sessions and private hire.

The pool is run by a group of volunteers which consist of parents from the school and local community.    It is a charity and relies completely on fundraising and pool hire.

If you want get involved or feel that you could spare a small amount of time to help, we would love to hear from you.