Wirksworth Community Pool has made the final three in the Derby Telegraph Sports Award Community Award category, having undergone a transformation since the running of it was taken on by the community in 2012.
Shortlisted nominees have been invited to the county’s premier sports awards on Thursday night – at Derby’s Roundhouse – which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary.
The pool now provides formal lessons for local schools, one-on-one lessons for individuals with special educational needs, aquafit classes for senior community members and aqua-toddlers for new-born babies get used to water.
Among the 350-plus people currently learning to swim at the venue is a 92-year-old lady and there are plans to raise over £400,000 for an extension that will allow the pool to be used for the next 40 years.
Those successful around Derbyshire’s nine districts and boroughs were automatically forwarded as nominees at county level and a shortlist of individuals, teams and clubs were then selected by a panel of sports officials, together with Derby Telegraph sports staff.
Awards will be handed out in 15 categories in all, recognising the cream of sporting talent both in performance-level and participation sport.