The quality of the water in the town centre swimming pool could ruin Basingstoke Water Polo Club. “Every time we play here, whether for training or home matches, the water stings our eyes terribly,” says Vice-captain Gavin Bridger.

According to the centre’s management the chlorine levels are fine and the stinging sensation is caused by children relieving themselves. But the water polo team, who play the sport - in which you are unable to wear goggles - in pools all over the country, find their home pool of embarrassingly poor quality. Prompted by a particularly harsh assault on their eyes last Tuesday Bridger says “after only a few minutes it’s like trying to play in a fog because your eyes mist up so much. Maybe it isn’t caused by the chlorine levels, but if that’s the case then Basingstokers must have particularly slack bladders as other pools rarely affect our eyes as much.” Every time the club has a home match it receives complaints from the visiting team about the water quality.

Hopefully the new Aquadrome may save the club, where it already trains every Thursday. It is awaiting new goals and equipment, supplied by a sports council grant, before it can play matches there.

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