Headteacher Magazine, guide to services and products for UK Schools
School budgets are rarely extensive when it comes to wet leisure projects. Often, these refurbishment projects are only possible through the support and fundraising efforts of parents, staff, and pupils. Because of this, it’s a huge boon when pool companies can find products that do more than meet the budget by lowering day-to-day running costs or making pools that bit safer for staff and students alike.
Packed with innovative, inspiring and cost-effective ideas, Golden Coast’s extensive range of high-quality products is a valuable resource when tendering for school projects.
Take pool covers, for example. Many schools rely on heavy foam covers to retain valuable heat. While these can be effective, they are cumbersome for staff to remove. The result? Covers, which are designed to keep in heat and water, are left off…
DEL’s range of automatic pool covers, which are exclusive to Golden Coast, has proved to be an exceptionally attractive alternative.
Having worked with the French automatic pool cover innovator for more than a year, Pool Tech Managing Director Danny Grant knew that DEL would have a solution when St Wilfrid’s Academy, near Wigan, contacted him about replacing their bulky cover.
He explained: “We pride ourselves on providing customers with products that meet the highest safety and quality standards, as well as giving them the best return on investment. So, we knew straight away that DEL would offer the perfect fit for their pool.”
During the February half-term, Pool Tech’s team installed a DEL Dune cover to its 30m pool – the biggest ever installed in the UK to date.
The ultimate in fully-customisable solutions, it features hard-wearing PVC slats, advanced tubular motors, supported by two powder-coated aluminium units resistant to bumps and scrapes. Danny adds: “But, most important of all, this new cover system means opening and closing happens with a simple push of the button.”
School Finance Director Rose Crompton said: “We’re confident that in the long run it will save us a lot. The previous cover was so difficult to use. Staff really appreciate how simple the DEL is to operate.”
At Woodfield, a special needs school in Hertfordshire, the pool’s existing bubble cover was replaced as part of a major upgrade. To make the most of the refurbished pool’s increased energy efficiency, while addressing key safety concerns for its vulnerable pool users, Bedfordshire-based Eden Pools recommended the DEL Ultima safety cover.
Available exclusively through Golden Coast, its sophisticated design complies with the stringent French safety standard NFP 90-308. It is an especially safe automatic cover because it covers the water completely – leaving no access to the water – even around the edges.
Like much of the DEL range, it can be equipped with remote control. At Woodfield, this means staff can now open and close the pool with the push of a button – ensuring it can be made secure very quickly.
“And because it doesn’t require a fixture kit, it means that making a pool safe can happen very quickly – without constraints and energy is not wasted from the pool,” says Eden Pool Director Stuart Low.
He adds: “After visiting Woodfield and seeing the problems facing staff and young people, it was clear that Ultima was the perfect solution for keeping the staff and young people there as safe as possible.”
Golden Coast Managing Director Jamie Adams said: “It’s always great to hear how pleased a school is with the end result. They achieve a safe, efficient pool for their budget, it works out profitably for our customers, and we know we’ve done our part to support a new generation of swimmers.”
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