09:00AM, Monday 07 September 2020
Maidenhead Marlins have been training out of the pool at Beechlodge School playing fields
After the best part of four decades based at The Magnet Leisure Centre in the heart of town, Maidenhead Marlins Swimming Club members are preparing to dive into new state of the art facilities at Braywick Park.
During this extremely challenging time for the swimming club and its members, they created a comprehensive online programme to try to keep swimmers engaged and fitness levels up whilst pools were closed to the public.
Once lockdown was eased the swimming club were able to host live strength and conditioning training sessions outdoors and were kindly supported by Beechlodge School in this endeavour, who allowed the group to use their playing fields.
One of the club’s coaches Chris Ashford said a huge amount of planning and preparation was put into ensuring the club was ready to return to the Magnet when it was due to reopen in late July, however, the leisure centre was vandalised and unable to reopen its doors as planned.
Showing some entrepreneurial spirit, head coach Paul Lloyd was able to secure some much-needed pool time at Windsor Leisure Centre and, with this support from Leisure Focus, Maidenhead’s swimmers were able to return to the pool and resume training.
“Despite the challenge of vandalism, we still managed to put on a fantastic four week programme with huge support from the new leisure trust,” said Lloyd.
“We also give thanks Beechlodge School for hosting us and allowing us to continue our training sessions.
“We’ve done really well with fantastic support from the local authorities and we’ve worked really hard to train our staff to make it a secure environment for our athletes during this time.”
The new leisure facility at Braywick Park is now ready to open and the Marlins expect they'll resume their normal training sessions at the centre from September 12. The new facility will no doubt help with the continued success of the club, which over the past few decades has prepared and progressed young swimmers on to international success, national programmes and regional, county and inter club level competition.
The club is still keen to hear from anyone interested in joining its comprehensive training programme.
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