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We are grateful for the support of a number of prominent figures and organisations who recognise the value of our project and are helping us progress our journey.

Sport England

Kindly provided grants of £13,500 as part of the 'Activate Your Space' scheme

Alistair Brownlee

Double Olympic Champion (2012 & 2016) in triathlon  | Resident of Bramhope

Mayor Tracy Brabin

Mayor of West Yorkshire | Former Member of Parliament (Batley & Spen, 2016-2021)

Baroness Blake of Leeds

Shadow spokesperson for Housing, Communities & Local Government in the House of Lords Former Leader of Leeds City Council | Resident of Otley

Alex Sobel MP (Leeds North West)

Member of Parliament for Leeds North West - which incorporates Otley  Shadow Tourism Minister

Rachel Reeves MP (Leeds West)

Member of Parliament for Leeds West Shadow 

Chancellor of the Exchequer


Leeds City Council

Leader of Leeds City Council, James Lewis

The council kindly offered a 125 year rent-free lease on the site

Otley Town Council

Chair of Otley Town Council, Cllr Richard Hughes

The council kindly provided a grant of £5,000

Otley BID

Kindly provided two grants totalling £5,500 plus enabled relationships to be built with local businesses

Otley Chamber of Trade

Kindly provided a grant for £1,000 plus enabled relationships to be built with local businesses

Otley Town Partnership

Philip Longthorn

Our first major benefactor

We are delighted that our vision has garnered a wide spectrum of support and grateful for the public endorsements of our project. We hope you are inspired to learn more about our vision for the lido and to ultimately join the organisations and individuals above in supporting our journey so we can deliver benefits for the community - both now and for future generations.

Leeds City Council recognises the importance of physical activity for our residents and visitors to Leeds, especially as an integral element of our planned recovery from Covid. Swimming and water based activity is a critical element of this and in particular offers significant benefits across the ages so we are pleased to be able to add our support to the communities’ efforts to bring this much valued local facility back into use. As part of this commitment the Council continues to be willing to consider how best to support the community bringing the facility back into use subject to the necessary external funding being found.

Cllr James Lewis, Leader of Leeds City Council
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