Members of Lichfield Swimming Club celebrate their success at the City of Stoke meet

Under-threat Lichfield Swimming Club is celebrating another string of successes.

The club, which could fold if Friary Grange Leisure Centre’s pool’s closure is confirmed at a council meeting on 7th October, saw a huge haul of medals at the City of Stoke open meet.

The Lichfield youngsters came away with 30 gold, 30 silver and 20 bronze medals, as well as achieving more than 60 county times and setting ten new club records.

Members of Lichfield Swimming Club celebrate their success at the City of Stoke meet

Lichfield also won the Derek Taylor Memorial Shield for best visiting club with a points total of almost 100 points over the second place team.

Club chair Rachel Bentley said: “Our swimmers really did the club proud with their efforts.

“This is one of the biggest open meets of the year and they really put Lichfield on the map by finishing in first place.”

She added that the results showed why keeping Friary Grange open was crucial.

“If we lose this facility our club is likely to fold,” Rachel said. “The children will need to train elsewhere, moving away from their friends, parents will be driving longer distances and sadly some children will give up completely.

“With participation in sport such an important part of a healthy lifestyle a facility like Friary Grange is crucial to the whole city of Lichfield.”

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