Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited Victoria Education Centre and Sports College in Dorset on Monday 9th July 2012.
On the day, the college marked the start of the construction work on their new hydrotherapy pool, after a successful fundraising campaign, the Sparkle Appeal, raised £2.8m.
The event included a special ‘turf-turning’ ceremony to mark the start of building work on the hydrotherapy pool. The specially designed new pool is about much more than just swimming: hydrotherapy is essential to the college’s disabled students’ development, helping to relax, mobilize and exercise them for better posture, balance, confidence and independence.
The Victoria students have a wide range of disabilities, including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and neurological difficulties. Hydrotherapy plays an essential part in the students’ therapy and is a proven method of treatment to relax, stretch and stimulate, as well as restoring posture and balance.
The new pool’s improved group and family changing rooms with integrated hoists will increase therapy session time by 50%, whilst coloured roof lighting will provide important sensory experience for the more severely disabled students. The bigger facilities mean more children and local disability groups can benefit.
The event brought together Sparkle Appeal supporters, pupils, parents, governors and staff of Victoria Education Centre, alongside Livability trustees and friends.
Chris Davies, Victoria College principal, said, ‘’We are really excited to be able to start work on the new hydrotherapy pool and we are delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to our establishment to mark this momentous occasion.
We are always striving to enhance our facilities so we can deliver the best education and care for our students and the new pool will be a crucial addition to the college. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the Sparkle Appeal and made this new building project possible.’’
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