Precision swimming with Sandy Balls
With 2012 just around the corner, Olympic swimming hopefuls can now benefit from hi-tech training equipment at Sandy Balls Holiday Centre which means they never even swim a length!
The 14ft ‘Endless pool’, based at Sandy Balls’ New Forest Tri Centre in Godshill near Fordingbridge, is designed to help serious swimmers improve their technique under the careful eye of a coach.
It boasts overhead and underwater cameras to allow real-time and recorded filming for technique analysis. It also has a mirrored bottom to allow swimmers to watch their stroke as they move through the water.
Tri Centre manager, Jen Daykin, said: “Swim training in the Endless pool works like a treadmill for athletes as they swim against a fully adjustable oncoming current. This facility is one of only a handful of similar facilities in Hampshire and Dorset.
“We hope this pool will also be able to be used by rehab patients. The buoyancy of the water is key for rehab patients as it ensures low-impact movements. The pool should be a great way to help rebuild confidence in the water in a private environment.”
The main coaching supplier for the pool is TrainingBible which runs triathlon training at the Tri Centre, however, Jen stresses that other triathlon and athletic clubs can book to use the facility as well as members of the public and Sandy Balls guests.
With more than 120,000 people taking part in triathlon events last year, the Tri Centre believes it will prove a popular training resource. It also hopes the pool will be used for rehab, with the filming facility showing patients how to get the best from their session and to build confidence in the water.
Pool sessions start from £15 and can be booked by calling the Sandy Balls Leisure Centre team on 01425 651216. An open day is planned for spectators from 3pm to 7pm on Friday 25 June and from that date onwards details and induction to the pool is available by arrangement with the Leisure Centre team.
The pool opens two days before the Forestman Triathlon, which takes place on Sunday June 27 between Sandy Balls and the Ellingham Waterski Lake.
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UK holidays, weekend breaks and short breaks at Sandy Balls Holiday Centre set in the New Forest National Park. We provide high quality holiday accommodation in luxury lodges and caravans and we also cater for tourers and campers. We have a range of facilities including a restaurant, pub, beauty suite,cycle centre and two swimming pools. There is also fantastic activties for all from archery and laser clay pigeon shooting to team games, arts and crafts and much more!