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Swimming Pool Support Fund helps facilities prepare for future

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More than 300 swimming pools and leisure centres in England have received grants to help boost their energy efficiency and keep running costs down.

The money has come from the £60.5 million Phase II of the Swimming Pool Support Fund (SPSF) and has been split between 325 pools from more than 260 local authorities.

These grants, which range in size from £3,000 to nearly £1m, have helped to fund projects such as installing solar panels, pool covers, LED lighting and improving insulation.

With the increase in energy costs over recent years, the Government announced the fund a year ago with the intention of both helping keep pools open in the face of financial challenges, as well as funding longer-term projects to help reduce future energy bills.