Lakeside Multisports - To Be Or Not To Be?

Lakeside Multisports – To Be Or Not To Be?

Is there an open water future in Eastleigh Lakeside Park?

Brett Britton and Martin Timby of Lakeside Multisports and Hampshire’s swimming and triathlon community were dealt a major blow with this week’s news that the south region’s only lakeside swimming venue will not be open for business this year.

The duo’s Lakeside Multisports ran a successful first season at Lakeside, owned by Eastleigh Borough Council, in 2010 where they helped train and develop over 1,000 athletes. The men had plans to develop the business with a five-year vision to create a center of excellence and focus for the sport without any governmental assistance.

However, its plans to nurture budding swimmers and cater for the growing triathlete market have been put on hold after the local council announced plans for three-fold increase in fees. Brett explained, “We are still very much in our infancy and the huge rise would make the venture a financial failure.

We offer free swimming for those under the age of 16 and those over 60 years. This has been really popular and we were hoping to help boost interest in swimming with the London Olympics. We had hoped we could count on the council to support this new business venture which also provides valuable community support
.”

As a result, it appears Lakeside Multisports will have to abandon its plans, at least in the short term.

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