ACCRINGTON Academy chiefs are hoping to make a splash with plans to pump £500,000 into a community swimming pool complex.
The academy’s sponsor, the United Learning Trust, has offered Hyndburn leisure bosses the sum to part-fund the project, which could be completed within 18 months.
Headteacher Andrew Bateman said: "The swimming pool project is an idea of our sponsor which has offered Hyndburn Council half a million pounds towards a swimming pool complex to be used by local schools. There is a site identified and other schools are excited by the possibility.
"It would be a decent-size swimming pool but not an Olympic-size one unfortunately.
"As a sports college we are passionate about having all the facilities for sport that are needed. We already have a fitness suite and it would link in with that and our all-weather pitch to offer a variety of sports activities."
Mr Bateman said they were consulting other organisations over funding including Sport England, while architects were finalising costings for the project.
But he added: "Half a million pounds is not going to pay for the sort of facility that’s required, a facility for young people and the community."
Meanwhile, during the Easter holidays a major stage of the academy’s refurbishment was completed, with the steelwork for the restaurant area and assembly hall successfully winched into the quadrangle ahead of roofing work.
The sports fields have also been relaid and are settling ready for seeding. The work is expected to be completed by autumn 2010.