Wednesday 2nd February 2011 by C. Freeman
Sports students from Brooke Weston saw behind the scenes at Corby swimming pool when they were given a talk and tour focussing on the health and safety issues faced by sports venues.
Ms Liz Hudson, the facilities manager, showed students the filtration and computerised chemical control systems that keep the water safe and in the optimum conditions for public bathing. She spoke of the stringent safety legislation surrounding leisure facilities and the need to provide customers with an appropriate number of lifeguards.
The BTEC sports course combines coaching and health and safety. Students will now complete a three-part assignment, carrying out risk assessments on a planned coaching event they will run with primary students. They then have to cross-reference all their procedures with the relevant acts of legislation that covers their particular sport. The students have already toured the Leicester Tigers rugby stadium and this, combined with the session at Corby Pool has given them a good grounding into the challenges faced by those in the sports industry.
Teacher Matt Clasper said: ‘This trip is to give them an insight into what it is like in the wider world, that there are people who daily have to implement these health and safety considerations in a sports or leisure environment. It was fascinating to see the plant room at the swimming pool and the processes involved in keeping the pool and its surroundings safe and healthy.'