Chelmsford City Council

Chelmsford seeks deserving heroes to be Riverside's first swimmers

In June, Chelmsford City Council are opening the city’s new Riverside Leisure Centre and are looking for local community heroes to be the first to swim in the new pool.

The new Riverside is opening in early June* after a two-year project to completely transform it into a cutting-edge complex. The flagship centre includes a huge gym, studios, ice rink, sports hall, physiotherapy rooms, café, changing facilities, creche and more – all housed in an airy, spacious building overlooking the riverbank. 

Riverside has been carefully designed to be completely accessible for users of all abilities, and the highlight is the stunning new 25m x 10-lane pool, with moveable floor, flume and sensory splash zone. The Council is looking for ten 'community heroes' to be the first people to try out the new pool.

It could be volunteering many hours for charity, starting a community project or just making a massive difference to one person’s life: whatever it is, the Council wants to hear about it! Nominations are now being taken to find people who live within the Chelmsford district (including the city, its villages and South Woodham Ferrers) who have done something incredible for a neighbour or their local neighbourhood.   

Jon Lyons, Leisure & Heritage Services Manager, says, "The opening of the new pool is a big occasion for the city and people are really excited about being able to swim here. We talked about ways to recognise the opening and really make a big fanfare. A lot of centres spend thousands on getting a celebrity to cut the ribbon, but for us Riverside is for local people and we wanted to make it about the incredible, inspiring things that Chelmsford residents do every day."

The First Swim will take place at 10am on Saturday 8 June at a private event just for winners, in advance of the centre opening. Winners will be welcomed by the Mayor of Chelmsford and BBC Essex and will get some goodies too!

Do you know someone who deserves to be a First Swimmer? Nominate them at The competition closes at 5pm on Friday 24 May 2019.

You must have the person’s consent to nominate them and your nomination must include:

an inspirational story of a notable personal achievement or a significant contribution to the lives of others

the name of your nominee

an email address which your nominee has given you permission to provide – we will use this to tell your nominee if they win

There are 10 places available. Multiple nominations are possible and you may nominate yourself. All entries will be judged by the Mayor of Chelmsford and the Cabinet Member for Safer Communities. Winners will be notified by midnight on 31 May 2019.

Friday 17 May 2019

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