Commonwealth Pool keys handed to Glasgow 2014

Games fever has arrived in the capital, as Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool is to be prepared for hosting the much to be prepared for hosting the much anticipated Commonwealth Games Diving event 2014 this summer.

The state-of-the-art venue closed to the public on Friday (June 20) at 10pm, when Edinburgh Leisure handed the keys over to Glasgow 2014, so they can begin preparation for the international event. The facilities will re-open to the public on August 16.

Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool will become the only venue in the world to feature in the Commonwealth Games for the third time, having previously hosted events in 1970 and 1986.

The Commonwealth Pool’s role in the Games was celebrated with a diving display by Edinburgh Diving Club on Saturday, featuring the city’s own Games hopefuls Grace Reid and James Heatly, as part of a series of events across the capital marking the arrival of the Queen’s Baton.

The Royal Commonwealth Pool re-opened in 2012 following a £37 million refurbishment by the City of Edinburgh Council. The facility has been praised by Olympic diver Tom Daley and was recently named one of the top ten public pools in the world on the Lonely Planet website.

A number of Edinburgh Leisure staff who are familiar with the venue will join the Glasgow 2014 team for the summer to provide vital support.

Edinburgh Leisure has offered customers alternative venues and activities during the closure to ensure they can stay healthy and active throughout the summer of the Games.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Culture and Sport Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “The Royal Commonwealth Pool, originally built for the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh and recently refurbished for 2014, is the ideal venue to host the diving competitions when the Games return to Scotland this summer.

“Thanks to the world class facilities at the Commie Pool and the wave of excitement for the Games, I’m sure the venue will re-open in August to much anticipation from budding divers keen to follow in the footsteps of Team Scotland hopefuls Grace Reid and James Heatly, who led celebrations at the pool for the arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

“If the interest generated by the Relay is anything to go by, we’re looking at a really exciting period for Edinburgh and the Royal Commonwealth Pool.” 

Claire Rusack, Manager at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, said: “After months of anticipation and organisation, it is with great excitement that we welcome the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee to Edinburgh to prepare for the Diving Event.

“Edinburgh is fortunate to enjoy world class diving facilities, and with the rising popularity of diving the eyes of the world will be on our iconic venue.

“We appreciate the understanding of our loyal customers as everyone seems to be getting into the spirit of the Games and ready to welcome it to Edinburgh. I am sure the excitement of the Games will inspire us all to embrace sport and physical activity more than ever, and we look forward to welcoming existing and new customers back when the Royal Commonwealth Pool re-opens its doors to the public on August 16th.”

Edinburgh Leisure is a not-for-profit organisation which manages 30 venues on behalf of City of Edinburgh Council, providing the widest range of fitness classes, state-of-the-art facilities and community based programmes across the capital.

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