Hydrotherapy pool build underway

Published Thursday, 10th January 2019
Hydrotherapy pool build underway
The hydrotherapy pool build is underway with Cllr Gordon Watson and Newman School Head Teacher Paul Sylvester

A £1m hydrotherapy pool is set to be opened later this year at one of Rotherham’s special schools.

Building work is well underway for the Department for Education funded new swimming pool which is being built at Newman school in Whiston.

The new pool, which is set to be officially opened in the summer time, replaces a 40 year old structure after it was deemed beyond repair.

Deputy Leader Cllr Gordon Watson, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s services said: “It is great to see this structure going in. It is our intention to give every child the best start in life and it is well documented that a hydrotherapy pool like this can make a big difference for children with special needs. I look forward to coming back and visiting the school when this is completed.”

Head teacher Paul Silvester added: “Our pupils often have difficulty in accessing other pools which can struggle to meet their needs with appropriate facilities for hoists and lifts in a busy environment. The new hydrotherapy pool will enable children daily access so we can meet their physical and mental health needs as well.”

The pool comes less than a year after the school benefitted from the heroic efforts of Rotherham marathon man Ray Matthews, who ran 75 marathons in 75 days aged 75 in order to fund raise for Newman.

His fundraising efforts enabled pupils to be able to fully use the grounds following the installation of an accessible path. This all came in the schools 70th celebration year since opening in 1948.

“These investments in the fabric of the school shows we will be continuing to meet children with special educational needs in Rotherham and their families hopefully for another 70 years,” added Mr Silvester. “Newman is all about making a splash, and with the new hydrotherapy pool we can do that in style!”