Primary school pupils make a splash at Hull's first outdoor swimming lesson in decades

Pupils from St Thomas More Catholic School enjoyed the first outdoor lesson in over 30 years
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Twenty-eight fortunate students from St Thomas More Catholic School have had the pleasure of experiencing Hull's first outdoor swimming lesson in over three decades.

The school emerged as one of the winners during last year's hook-a-duck competition that celebrated the reopening of Albert Avenue Pools & Fitness, a facility featuring a heated outdoor lido amongst its amenities.

As part of the competition, students were called upon to demonstrate their creative prowess by contributing artwork centred on water safety. These artistic creations were eventually emblazed onto oversized rubber ducks.

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Chosen by council dignitaries in a lido hook-a-duck style setup, these winning entries now enjoy the privilege of being displayed prominently at Albert Avenue Pools & Fitness.

St Thomas More was amongst the group of winners, and it got the chance to send 28 of its students to the site for an exciting outdoor swimming tutorial and enjoyable session.

Councillor Rob Pritchard, who holds the portfolio for culture and leisure, spoke out about this memorable occasion: "It's been good to celebrate this momentous occasion here at Albert Ave. These children can look back and say 'I was part of the first outdoor swim lesson in Hull in almost 40 years!'

"For some young people, this could be their first opportunity to get in an outdoor pool, as well as have a swimming lesson, and I'm so happy they've enjoyed themselves. Albert Avenue Pools and Fitness is a great facility and has proved incredibly popular in its first few months of opening, long may it continue."

Joe Booth, who serves as the business development director for Hobson & Porter said: "It's amazing to see these competition winners enjoying their prize and on such a glorious day. It's not often we get to come back and see our work fully operational especially one as unique as this so we're so pleased to have had the opportunity."

Albert Avenue Pools & Fitness was given a makeover over a year and a half, which opened up a heated outdoor lido for the community.

Alongside this, the renovation introduced a new gym and fitness studio, a refit of the entire building, an update to all mechanical and electrical systems, and new heating and ventilation systems.

The whole project was brought to fruition by Hull Esteem Consortium LEP, through the council's pre-procured framework, with local company Hobson and Porter at the helm.