Letter: Coppice Pool - Our top class diving club

Great Britain divers Chris Mears, right, and Jack Laugher
17th June 2016.
Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe
Great Britain divers Chris Mears, right, and Jack Laugher 17th June 2016. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

Back in the late 1980s Harrogate Borough Council was faced with the challenge of what to do about the much loved but ageing Coppice Valley Swimming Pool in the town.

Some of your journalists would have sat through lengthy meetings of the Leisure and Amenity Services Committee, as the dilapidated state of the pool was revealed and various options to replace it were considered.

One proposal which gained some support was to build a more leisure orientated facility with water slides, wave machines and the like. Whilst this would undoubtedly have been popular, Harrogate Diving Club made an impassioned case to retain a competition level diving pit in any new venue.

They fought a tough fight and with the advent of the National Lottery in 1994 there was the opportunity to bid for funding for a top class swimming and diving venue.

The rest, as they say, is history, and Harrogate Diving Club should be congratulated on their tenacity and belief in their sport back then, and the world class divers it has helped to produce over 20 years later.

Credit is also due to the councillors and officers who backed them, particularly to Phil Willis, then Leader of the Council, and Kevin Douglas, who was Director of Leisure and Amenity Services from 1988 to 2005.

Karen Weaver

Harrogate