It’s good news for Ryde charity Waterside Community Trust as it reopens it’s doors from Monday 3rd August. Following months of careful planning to bring the centre up to covid secure guidelines, the Board of Trustees are delighted to welcome back it’s members and the public alike.
On Friday, it was the perfect day with the roof open for Ryde Mayor and Town Councillor Michael Lilley to take the opportunity along with Councillor Wayne Whittle, Waterside Trustees Keith Gentleman and Peter Taylor to re-open the centre officially and make the first socially distanced splash in the pool.
Councillor Lilley said, “I am so delighted that Waterside is reopening its doors. It is a jewel in the heart of our Ryde Community that promotes physical and mental wellbeing. We are so lucky to have this facility and especially on a today like today with roof open and the sun beaming in, who wouldn’t want to go in. We must get people exercising again and what better place to do so.”
The Chairman to the Trustees, Georgina Bottriell, also commented, “It has been an extraordinary time for everyone. We have adapted as the weeks have rolled by to comply with every facet to make the centre covid secure. The Board have worked closely with Todd Miller, our General Manager who has worked extremely hard to ensure every detail has been covered meticulously so our staff and customers alike can enjoy their swim in a safe and secure environment.”
Waterside will be operating a phased return initially offering lanes swims, family swims and some club activities only. Owing to limited capacity during the initial phase all sessions are bookable in advance only. Bookings can be made over the phone (01983 563656), alternatively you can book at reception from the 3rd August 2020. Usual booking terms apply. The revised timetable is available online on the Waterside website under their Covid Information page. https://www.watersidepool.co.uk/timetable
Waterside have created a welcome back video to help members and the public to familiarise themselves with what to expect when visiting the centre including encouraging customers to adopt the new poolside “beach change” protocol as numbers in the changing rooms are limited to 5 people only. To view the welcome back protocol please visit the changing section on the Covid-19 information page of their website: https://www.watersidepool.co.uk/covid-19-information
The Trust are anticipating reintroducing other sessions and activities over the course of two further phases from September whilst closely monitoring and complying with the government guidelines to ensure they can confidently continue to provide a safe environment for their customers and staff.
The Covid-19 crisis has taken it’s toll on every business, Waterside has also used the time during lockdown to develop more fundraising strategies and develop their website. Many swimming pools across the country have had to close permanently as a result of the pandemic, which is incredibly saddening. Fortunately Waterside Community Trust aren’t one of them, however, now more than ever they are looking for support, especially running at a reduced capacity timetable. They have outlined many ways in which the public can support them on their new “support us” page: https://www.watersidepool.co.uk/support-us