In 1968, three young men from Cowfold, Michael Harvey, Brian Fairs and George Stevens, drowned at West Wittering beach whilst attempting to save a woman who was struggling in the water. The residents of Cowfold rallied together after the death of these three and raised the money, and helped, to build a Community Swimming Pool in the grounds of the school as a memorial for the boys. Cowfold did not want the same fate to happen again and wanted all of it’s children to be able to swim. The pool has since been used to teach generations of Cowfold children to swim.
The pool is an outdoor ‘learner’ pool with a maximum depth of 1.2m, and has been enhanced over the years, amongst other things with a boiler to heat the water and a rubberised ground surface around it. It had a new liner in 2016. The technical requirements for maintenance and running of the pool have significantly increased in the last 5-10yrs with staff needing formal training and qualifications and life guards for any public usage. As such, the costs have greatly increased over the years and the future of the pool has on one or two occasions been a major concern. Back in the 1990’s this was so great an issue that once again the Cowfold residents rallied around and formed a Pool committee to raise money for the support of the pool. This continued for quite a number of years and raised thousands of pounds which enabled those enhancements to the pool and supported the maintenance for many years.
We now have the Cowfold Community Pool Charity, dedicated to making the pool available to everyone!
Swimming has been a part of the national curriculum for many years. By the end of year 6 every child should be able to swim 25m of a recognised stroke. Having a pool within our community allows the school to fulfil this requirement without the considerable cost and the loss of extended classroom time, if we had to ship students up to the pool at Horsham, or elsewhere.
Now, thanks to the charity, the pool is available to not only the school but everyone in the local community. The benefit in the village of having our own Community Pool is of incalculable value, not only can it provide lessons for school pupils, but now, we can provide affordable lessons for anyone, of any age, or ability. As well as private hire opportunities and public swimming sessions.
The benefits to physical and mental health of swimming are immeasurable and we hope you will support the pool, by visiting and spreading the word.
We are very excited for the future of the pool. We want to encourage the community to become more actively involved in the running of the pool. Please see our fundraising and volunteer sections.