A Conservative Assembly Member has today continued to fight for a distinguished Cardiff Swimming Club which is facing closure due to ‘unsustainable’ costs.
Earlier this year, it was reported that the City of Cardiff Swimming Club - based at the International Pool - faced a “very tough year” after pool hire charges had been raised for the “second consecutive year” to fees “well in excess of £50,000”.
David Melding – the Assembly Member for South Wales Central – raised the issue during First Ministers Questions, putting more pressure on both the Welsh Government and Cardiff Council to provide a resolution to the unsettled issue.
Mr Melding hailed the club as ‘so important for Wales sporting pyramid’, and praised it for bringing ‘great honour to our nation’.
The team, which has run for over 40 years, has seen dozens of its swimmers go on to represent the UK at the Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games - including Mark Foster, David Davies and Ieuan Lloyd.
Speaking outside the Assembly Chamber Mr Melding said:
“I think it's so important that when we see a change in the arrangements between local authorities and the leisure services providers, we remember the need to involve all our clubs and organisations that are using these facilities.
“This is especially important for the distinguished ones that bring such honour to our nation, and which are really important right down the sporting pyramid.
“What we see achieved at the highest level has a big impact on the wider take up of sporting activity in general, and local authorities should be looking to encourage and support this before the wrong messages are conveyed”.