A century ago, Britain was building swimming pools to be proud of. Now, council cuts mean many pools face an uncertain future. Are we losing our love of the life aquatic?
Elite british swimmers confidence is fallinf as funding is being cut by £4m. But it is not just at the elite level swimming has suffered. Since 2008, grassroots participation has fallen from 3.2 million to 2.9 million a week, while the Amateur Swimming Association says 51% of children aged seven to 11 cannot swim 25m.
However, after a very successful Commonwealth Games in the pool it's time this for this to change and to fall in love with swimming again.