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London 2012: Legacy fund pays to renovate Berkshire school pool

A open air swimming pool in Berkshire is to be renovated and given a roof with money from an Olympic legacy fund.

Newlands Girls' School in Maidenhead is being given £125,000 to help convert its dilapidated facility.

The school, which will match the funding from Sport England, hopes the 23m by 8m (75ft by 26ft) pool will be used by pupils and the wider community.

Leigh Exworth, head of physical education, said the upgrade should help pupils become "competent swimmers".

It will have a retractable roof, modern shower and changing facilities and is due to open in April 2013.

Adrian Moorhouse, who won the 100m breaststroke gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics lives just a few miles from the school.

He said: "Kids need to do it to enjoy the water, enjoy holidays, enjoy being around waterways.

"We're an island and we have a lot of waterways so I don't think you can have enough because I think pool time is stretched so I think to have another facility like this is great."

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