Creative visions for new pool

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Water slides and hot tubs were just some of the ideas creative youngsters came up with for the proposed new swimming pool in the south east.

Minsthorpe Pool Action Group (MPAG) organised a competition asking local schoolchildren to come up with a drawing or model of what they would like the facility to look like.

Local councillors and community members came together to judge the entries last week.

Emily Powell, from Ash Grove J&I School in South Elmsall came first, Imogen Rushton, from Badsworth CE School, came second and Keira Holling, from Upton Primary, came third in the age four to seven category.

Amber Dawson, from Northfield Primary, South Kirkby, won the age eight to 11 category, with Jack Midgley, from Badsworth CE School, in second place and Ethan Hall, from Ash Grove J&I, in third.

The pupils will receive their prizes - including a book token, AJS Teamwear voucher and Zoggs swimming goggles - at a ceremony on Monday, July 7.

The judging panel consisted of councillors Paul Dainty, from Upton and North Elmsall Parish Council, Donald Marshall, from Ackworth Council, Steve Tulley, from South Elmsall Town Council, and John Taylor, from South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Town Council, Simon Shaw from AJS Teamwear, MPAG members Cynthia Bressani and Jessica Smart and Gemma Jimmison, from the Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express.

David Fizgerald, from MPAG, said: “What a difficult decision the judges had. The fact the points awarded by the judges were spread across entries from all schools shows how high the standard was.

“Well done to all 44 finalists and all the hundreds of children who took part. We will try our best to ensure that all of the finalist entries are incorporated into the new pool in some way. We thank you all for your efforts, which have helped to keep the ongoing lack of a swimming pool in the south east in people’s minds.”