Men-Only Swimming At Public Luton Pool A ‘Cultural Thing’

A public swimming pool in Luton is holding gender-segregated swimming sessions on a Friday, with staff stating it is a “cultural thing”. Bathers were given sudden notice that from the 29th of July the competitive pool at Inspire Sports Village in Luton would be closed to women on Friday evenings for “cultural”reasons. Men would have sole access to the larger 50m pool, which was built using tax-payer funded Olympic grants, while women are expected to use the smaller 20m community pool. Female bathers were allegedly told by staff that if they did not want to use the community pool they were advised to use either Lea Manor or Lewsey pools – both nearly ten miles away from Inspire. When a female swimmer asked a member of staff at the pool why gender-segregated swimming had been introduced, she was told it was a “cultural thing”. The woman told Luton Today: “Why has one section of the community in Luton been allowed to dominate and take over the best pool in the borough?” Referring to the large Muslim community, which accounts for 25% of the town’s population. “I like swimming in the competition pool after a hard week at work on Fridays and now I can’t