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Coronavirus: Harrogate mum's plea for swimming pools to re-open to help her son

Coronavirus: Harrogate mum's plea for swimming pools to re-open to help her son

Published by Harry Long at 5:56am 30th June 2020. (Updated at 10:23am 30th June 2020)

A woman from Knaresborough is calling on the government to reconsider its decision not to open swimming pools as part of the easing of the coronavirus lockdown.  

  • A woman from Knaresborough is urging to government to re-open swimming pools.  
  • Mandy Ward's 10 year-old son Jack has ADHD - and diving has helped him manage his condition.  
  • Mandy and Jack are supporting the #OpenOurPools campaign.

Mandy Ward's 10 year-old son Jack has ADHD - and diving has helped him manage his condition.  

Jack was selected from more than 2,000 children to be part of  Dive Harrogate's squad.  

Mandy says the closing of pools has had a big impact on her son.

They are now both supporting Swim England’s #OpenOurPools campaign.

10 year-old diver Jack Ward
Jack Ward

Mandy said:

"Since being in lockdown and not being able to dive, Jack has struggled every day.   Lockdown has proved to us just how much diving actually means to Jack, to the point where it has affected his mental health.  

"With ADHD, there's a need to have some kind of excitement.  In diving, he gets that, there's the thrill of going off the board and hitting the water, and learning something new.  He's not getting any of that [at the moment], he's not getting any interaction with his friends."

Swimming pools closed on 23rd March as part of the UK's coronavirus lockdown.  

Leanne Jalland, Chair of Dive Harrogate said:

"We are proud to see the entire aquatics community across all disciplines come together to campaign with Swim England who will be taking their petition to the DCMS today.

"We have received thorough guidance from Swim England which was put together with scientific advice in conjuction with the Department of Public Health England. The government has not given any scientific reason why pools should not be reopened.

"The health of our divers, coaches and volunteers is our priority and we are confident that our club could return safely to to train in the pool in line with Swim England's guidance which is why Harrogate District Diving Club is backing Swim England's campaign to Open Our Pools."