Kirkcaldy swimming club Fins are enjoying life in the town’s new pool.
Ian Lewis - head coach of Fins since 1999 and one of the original club members from 1980 - believes the new pool will have a positive impact on the club’s future.
“This is the first time we’ve been able to give ourselves a home and it’s a significant step forward for us,” he told the Press.
“The facility also has dry land training so we can work on swimmers strength and conditioning - something we never had at the old pool.
“Fife Sports and Leisure Trust has also been fantastic helping us get more suitable water times for the kids.”
New training times now means Fins swimmers are in the pool between the hours of 5.00 p.m and 8.00 p.m - previously they been as late as 10.00 p.m.
“It’s now a lot more suitable for us and that will help us to grow the club in a way we’ve not been able to in the past,” Ian added. “Lots of swimmers have been interested in joining the club only to find out training times were late at night and gone elsewhere.
“It also impacts on our ability to train swimmers properly when it’s late at night.
“The pool itself is not significantly different to the old pool - it is still a 25m pool.
“But just being a new facility has given everyone a lift and encouraged them to try a little bit harder.
“The training pool is also more conducive to younger swimmers.
“We’re now able to train and develop swimmers properly before taking them into the larger pool.”