Clissold Leisure Centre have just called me up to tell me that, following my complaint, they have re-thought their policy of holding gender segregated swimming in the training pool on Sunday mornings.
The original policy had the effect of preventing families with young children from going swimming together on Sunday mornings, and even barred young male children from swimming with their mothers in the gender segregated training pool. The policy impacted particularly harshly upon working families.
Gender segregated swimming will now take place on Tuesday evenings.
The decision was taken on the grounds of ‘numbers’: there are more families who want to swim on Sunday mornings, than men and women who are prevented for religious or other reasons from swimming in non-segregated pools.
Thank you Clissold Leisure Centre.