Holding it’s charity status since 1965, Valentine Hydrotherapy Pool has long been an East Lakes community health and sporting hub with many utilising its hydrotherapy pools for rehabilitation, their successful Learn to Swim programs or enjoying one of the popular daily Aqua Fitness classes.
Unfortunately like all aquatic facilities in 2020, Valentine Hydrotherapy Pool shut down in March amongst COVID-19 constraints. With restrictions easing by late 2020 and an appointment of a new committee of volunteers who have long been associated with the complex, it was discovered at this time that the possibility of reopening ensued a large hurdle of mandatory upgrades and adjusted safety requirements, that without completion, the complex would simple not be able to operate.
With this realisation the Committee Secretary, Judith Wilson contacted Belmont 16s with a request for assistance so that they can once more provide one of the many services of Valentine Hydrotherapy Pool to its community. “Our complex provides four hydrotherapy pools for the disabled and for those who require physical rehabilitation, swimming lessons, swimming squad and seniors’ aqua aerobics however we are in need of major repairs to enable us to reopen.” Judith informs.
After assessment in December 2020, the Belmont 16s Board were happy to announce an approval of a $25,000 donation as a result of their application in the Club Grants Category 1 Scheme. These funds were made available for works to commence late January 2021 with the bulk of the upgrades estimated to be finalised by mid-February 2021.
“We made a point of engaging with local trades people for our upgrades and repairs, ensuring that this funding allowing us to move forward, in turn filters through to other locals in their businesses.”
In the lengthy application three main spaces were identified as being the areas where our Club’s designated funding will facilitate. Being the repair of the roof over the 15-metre back pool, new pool heat covers for the 25-metre pool and funding to address issues identified by Royal Life Saving as mandatory safety requirements.
Scott Williams, CEO of Belmont 16s tells “We are here to support our local charities and sustain critical local community facilities. Being in such proximity to Valentine Pool gives us a sense of pride knowing our funding will have a positive impact on many of our Members who reside in our immediate area. “