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The Wales National Pool (Welsh: Pwll Cenedlaethol Cymru) is a 50-metre swimming pool in the Sketty area of Swansea, Wales.

The main pool is 50 m long and 21 m wide, so it does not meet the FINA definition of an Olympic size pool.[1]

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HistoryEdit

The £11 m pool opened in 2003 following the demolition of Wales' national pool, the Wales Empire Pool in Cardiff, in 1998 due to the construction of the Millennium Stadium,[2] and served as its replacement for a short period, until the construction of the £32 m Cardiff International Pool.

UseEdit

The facility, which also has a 25m x 9.5m training pool and 1,200 spectator seats, is one of the facilities used to train Wales' world class aquatic sports athletes[3] and houses the headquarters of the Swim Wales, formerly the Wales Amateur Swimming Association.[4]

Some swimmers used the pool to train for the London 2012 Olympics.[5] The facility was built with funding from Sport Wales, Swansea Council and Swansea University and is built on the site of the university's sports centre.

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NotesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.sussexsport.org/docs/50%20m%20Pool%20Report.doc
  2. ^ BBC News| National Pool 'not just for elite'
  3. ^ "Swim Wales National Team Plan". Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  4. ^ Wales National Pool Swansea | Faithful+Gould
  5. ^ "Swansea riding high after Olympic joy". 19 August 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2010.

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Coordinates: 51°36′27.00″N 3°59′20.00″W / 51.6075000°N 3.9888889°W / 51.6075000; -3.9888889