Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield

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  • I can recommend the diving club for children that takes place every morning in the school holidays from 9.30 to 11am, costing ¬£8. The diving school is ran seperately and you can email them direct and ...  more »
  • I visited for the 1st round of the World Championship qualifiers. The staff on the ticket desk was very welcoming. The snooker is played in a large room with 11 tables. There is tiered seating for tab...  more »
  • wish it opened earlier at weekends for swimming, wish they were more organised with staffing however, its a great venue to practise swimming and turns and then break it up with some fun on the slides  more »
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  • The home of English National level swimming. Always seen as the main 'arena' in the country for proper swimming. Great screen & adequate seating. Still hot as hell on poolside though
  • It's huge facilities allow you to participate in a variety of activities. However, prices are really high and few can afford the membership. Otherwise nothing to complain about.
  • Great facilities, never found it 'too busy' to get on any gym machines. Swimming pool is tidy and a luxury to have 50m lengths.
  • Not impressed as a member. The centre has good potential but the male toilets and STEAM ROOM always stink of urine. Also the changing room heating and costume dryer are never working and there are gross looking puddles of water coming out of the shower block.
  • LANE SWIMMING In some ways I`m a little reluctant to give Ponds Forge 5 stars because it`s far from perfect, the worst thing about it is the fact it`s so often closed (for competitions), which would be bad enough if you were paying on the door each time, but if you`ve paid in advance (being in Fitness Unlimited) it`s doubly annoying. Worse still, for some unaccountable reason the monthly list of lane swimming cancellations has been removed from the website, so there`s no printing it off and pinning it on the side of your fridge ! You have to check every day individually. Some website designers know nothing about websites it would seem....... On the other hand the water (in the competition pool) is fabulous for hard swimming. It`s a bit chilly when you first get in but it has to be like that. Any pool which doesn`t feel a bit cold when you first jump in will feel too warm once you start working hard. And it`s lovely pure water, none of that chlorine type pool water you used to get in some pools in years gone by. There are usually sufficient lanes to prevent it getting too full to actually swim, though I think the life guards should be more proactive at advising swimmers which lane (Slow, Medium or Fast) they should really be in. Despite all its faults I have to give PF 5 stars because it`s so good I wouldn`t really want to live anywhere out of Sheffield, it`d be too far to go to get to it and there are hardly any, if any, other pools which are as good for (hard) lane swimming !