CAMPAIGNERS are calling on the community to back a major project to revamp a much-loved school swimming pool.
Alfreton Park Community Special School needs to raise £200,000 to revamp the facility which has fallen in to a state of disrepair.
The pool, on Wingfield Road, was built in 1977 and has received little refurbishment since.
It is in desperate need of a new roof and the rest of the building needs complete modernisation.
Pool manager Maragret Clarke said: “The pool is massively important – not just for the school, but for the whole community.
“It is a vital resource for all our pupils, many who have complex needs and learning difficulties.
“It is also used by four parent and toddler groups a week and other schools and adult disability services.”
She added: “It is a big project but we are hopeful it can be achieved. It is a long-term project and could take around three to five years.”
The Let’s Raise The Roof project also aims to provide a walkway between the existing pool and school buildings, new changing rooms and insulation for the building.
Margaret said: “We all use the pool – it is an extension of our classroom too. It’s not just about learning to swim but also about building confidence and skills.
“We desperately need to keep it.”
So far the school has raised around £16,000 towards to project – which received a welcome boost from Tesco last month.
The supermarket giant handed over a cheque for £500 to the school.
Maragret said: “It was very nice of them to think of us. It came out of the blue but is very much needed.”
On Saturday, February 4 a gig to support the appeal will take place at The Horse and Jockey, in Wessington.
The event will see live music from Saxy from 8pm.
Tickets are £4 available from the pub or school.
Anyone wanting to help with the project by donating money or organising a charity event can call the school on 01773 832019.