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Puddle Ducks announces plans to open state-of-the-art swimming centre by 2020

Puddle Ducks announces plans to open state-of-the-art swimming centre by 2020

The franchise’s flagship pool will be based in Northwich town centre in Cheshire, where the very first Puddle Ducks classes took place back in 2002

The swimming centre will cater to the specific requirements of babies and children aged 0-10 years and will also become a national teacher training centre.

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Puddle Ducks has submitted a planning application for change of use from retail to D2 (leisure and assembly) to enable it to create a dedicated Puddle Ducks pool. The proposed innovative use of an empty retail building demonstrates how leisure and other non-retail outlets can become a key element of a thriving high street.

The Puddle Ducks swimming pool is being created to meet the needs of babies, young children and their families and the venue and classes will be fully inclusive and accessible. Water will be maintained at a consistently comfortable temperature in a calm environment, changing facilities will be family-friendly and there will be a pool viewing area for the use of family and friends.

On the decision to base the swimming centre at Barons Quay, Jo Stone, co-owner of the Puddle Ducks franchise, said: “Puddle Ducks classes are in demand across the UK and sometimes it takes a little ‘outside the box’ thinking to envisage a pool in a unit previously destined for retail use, but we feel it makes perfect sense and provides a blueprint for the rest of the network, some of whom we are working with on similar projects already.

“We have great relationships with our existing pool owners and have no plans to move our customer base away from existing pools. The new pool will provide our flagship franchise here in Mid Cheshire with an additional 500+ spaces per week for local babies and children to learn to swim. We are constantly developing ways to make our franchise model as sustainable as it can be for all our franchisees.”

The development of this new pool, in particular, is just one example of how the franchise is working with local communities across the UK to make an award-winning swimming school accessible to families with young children.

Stone also points out that the new facility will also attract more people into the town centre, which will benefit shops and other businesses nearby.

Councillor Richard Beacham, Cheshire West and Chester Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth said: “We are thrilled to be working with Puddle Ducks on this innovative project. This is a really exciting development for us and one which will really benefit many families.”

Puddle Ducks was founded by co-owners Jo Stone and Tracy Townend and the company now teaches over 21,000 children to swim every week across the UK.

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