Frequently asked questions
Previously proposed sports centres on Alderney have come to nothing. How can this one work?
We have learnt from the previous schemes and so this time we are proposing a much scaled down project with just a 25m. indoor heated swimming pool and a small gymnasium ~ which our business plan shows is sustainable on Alderney. By retaining the existing swimming pool changing rooms and showers at the school we save one third of the capital costs. Sharing the facility with the school results in further savings of running costs.
Who will use the facility?
The schools will have exclusive use of the pool at agreed times. At other times there will be sessions for public swimming (open and lanes), a swimming club, swimming classes including complete beginners, diving, and infants. We will welcome proposals for other activities in the pool such as canoe lessons, water polo and sub aqua training.
The gym will be available whenever the pool is open, although it will not be possible to use the changing rooms and showers during school swimming sessions.
Can I buy a season ticket?
As well as single entry tickets we plan to make available annual, monthly and weekly passes (which will appeal to visitors). The longer the pass, the cheaper the entry.
How much will it cost to swim ?
As a charity we are committed to keeping the entry costs as low as possible. We aim to charge less than you would pay for an equivalent facility in the mainland or Guernsey.
I'd love to swim and use the gym but I'm very self conscious
We plan to hold "quiet" sessions where people with special needs, or who are elderly or feel self conscious, can use the facility. It will be adults only (apart from special needs children) and no-one will feel uncomfortable.
I'd like to use the pool but I have difficulty getting in and out
We are planning to install a "chairlift" so that clients can be lowered and raised from a sitting position into the shallow end. We are also installing steps at the shallow end for clients who find a ladder difficult.
I'd like to volunteer to help when it's open. What can I do?
We will need trained volunteers for reception, cleaning, gym supervision and life guarding. We would like to reward everyone who works voluntarily for 2 hours with a pass for the facility which they can give away as a present or use themselves.
Can I help now with getting the centre open?
Contact our fundraising team who would love to hear from you
When will the centre be open?
All going well, constructiont will take about seven months from the time that we get final approval from Guernsey for the matched funding of £250,000 being provided by the States of Alderney
Will the teachers lose their car park?
No. The school car park will be retained exclusively for school use. It may be possible to use the car park otside school hours, this is being discussed with the headmaster
Will the children have to share the facility with the public during school swimming lessonslessons?
No. The school will have exclusive use of the facility during their lessons.
Will there be disabled and family facilities ?
We are planning to have a changing room with shower and w.c. for the disabled and also for adults to use if they are accompanied by children of the opposite gender. There will be easy steps into the pool and a hydraulic hoist.
Is it really practicable and safe to use unpaid volunteers for lifeguards ?
Yes, absolutely. What matters is their training and dedication, not how much they are paid. Think Lifeboat,