Hampton Pool Trust

Introducing the Trust

Hampton Pool Trust is the Governing Body of the public open-air swimming pool at Hampton, having taken over responsibility for this from the Council in 1985. It is a not-for-profit Company limited by guarantee which is registered as an educational charity.

Hampton Pool is situated on the edge of Royal Bushy Park in Hampton, Middlesex and open 365 days a year. The main pool is 36-metres long with water maintained to a temperature of 28°C, providing opportunities for recreational swimming, swim teaching and aqua aerobics.

There is also a smaller learner pool dedicated to children and their parents and both pools are situated on a two-acre site with a large south-facing grass area surrounded by woodland. The facility also includes a small but well-equipped poolside gym, fitness studio and a café on the balcony.

The Sunday Times described Hampton Pool as “one of Britain’s coolest, biggest, hippest pools”.

Hampton Pool Trust is led by an unpaid volunteer Board of Directors, who are also Trustees of the Charity, and who are elected to carry these responsibilities by the Members of the Company.

Hampton Pool Trust’s vision is to secure the future of Hampton Pool as a sustainable, enjoyable, year-round, open-air environment for swimming and other activities to benefit the health and wellbeing of our community.

As a local social enterprise, Hampton Pool Trust exists to secure the future of this valuable local asset with its individual character and intimate charm for community use.

Information about the history of the Pool can be found here and information about opening times, activities, etc. can be found on the Hampton Pool website.

Hampton Pool Trust is recruiting

Fundraising and Outreach Trustee/Director (voluntary role)

We are looking for a Trustee to join Hampton Pool Trust at an exciting time in our history. The role will bring strategic leadership to the fundraising and outreach activities of the Trust as we embark on the first phase of redevelopment of the Hampton Pool building.

As Fundraising and Outreach Director, you will play an important part in securing the future of Hampton Pool for generations to come. Working with a Fundraising and Outreach Committee and reporting to HPT Board, the role will bring leadership to secure the financial resources needed to continue the building project after the initial phase, steering a broad programme of fundraising and outreach activity with the local community. The Hampton Pool Annual Summer Picnic Concerts, our most significant annual fundraising series of events is run by a well established team and this Concerts team reports progress to the Fundraising and Outreach Committee.

The Trust is run on a voluntary basis with the vision to secure the future of the pool for the health and wellbeing of the local community. You will join the Board, Chair the Fundraising and Outreach Committee and liaise closely with the pool operator and construction team to support effective communication during the redevelopment.

The Board and Committee include Trustees and members with relevant specialist skills and a freelance grant writer has been recruited to support grant applications. The person appointed will also be able to call upon the help of Trust volunteers who assist with fundraising events during the year.

Who we are looking for

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, tenacious, and inclusive. You will have strategic experience in fundraising, bringing your expertise to support our approaches to potential funders, grant giving organisations and the community.

You will have the excellent communication skills needed to explain the work of the Trust to funders and high net worth individuals, adopting appropriate communication channels and style as required. Ideally you will have an understanding of the contribution made to health and wellbeing by swimming and exercise.

Experience of capital fundraising would also be desirable but is not a prerequisite.

Term - Appointments to the Board are usually for a three-year term.

Time commitment - Typically a day per week with some flexibility required. Board meetings are held on weekday evenings (c.8 per year). Event planning and fundraising activities will involve attendance at meetings and events (responsibility for specific events is distributed between committee members)

How to get involved

For further information please drop us an email at secretary@hamptonpooltrust.org.uk.

Members receive regular updates by email from the Trust Board

If you are a member of Hampton Pool Trust and not recieving these updates, it might be because your email address is out-of-date. If you think this might be the case, please send your new address to the secretary here.


Aerial photo of pool by Dan Charity

Latest news

Chair’s update May 2024

Andrew Gill

29 May 2024

It’s Ready Steady Go! We’re on countdown to the start of building work!

I am delighted to bring you this update since becoming Chair of Hampton Pool Trust, the charity responsible for Hampton Pool.

The clock is ticking and this latest issue includes an update on progress towards the development of our swimming pool building, with construction expected to start this autumn. We’ve had some good news on grants recently, but we have a way to go to find the full funding needed for the scheme. So, we continue to seek your support.

This issue includes some wonderful recent coverage of Hampton Pool in the media, giving a delightful insight into the communities using Hampton Pool. Our profile this month is an interview with George Turner, one of our Level 1 Swim Teachers about the joys of teaching swimming!

To start on a personal note, I hope you will get to know me over the next few years, but a bit of background for now. I have lived in southwest London most of my life and in Whitton for 28 years. I work part-time for an international development charity based in Teddington.

I’m an experienced charity trustee and Chair, with previous involvement in overseeing capital projects. My background in parks and horticulture (I have worked in the Royal Parks) led me into facilities and charity management and I was for two and a half years seconded to the role of Chief Executive at Alexandra Palace & Park Charitable Trust where I overhauled the governance of the charity, preparing Ally Pally for a massive regeneration project.

I am excited to bring my skills and experience to bear as we embark on the first phase of our major development of Hampton Pool – my vision is to see us complete all the phases of work before my term of office ends!

Community Leisure UK

Hampton Pool Trust is now a member of Community Leisure UK, the members’ association that represents charities and social enterprises delivering public leisure and culture services across England, Scotland and Wales. We look forward to working with other members of the group to promote our work as a Trust, to share best practice, and to respond to the challenges currently facing the sector.

On 24 June 2022 Hampton Pool became 100 years old!

To mark this milestone birthday we are reflecting on our history and looking forward to our next 100 years!

Centenary themed limited edition merchandise

Celebrate with us by purchasing these special items from the pool shop. All surplus goes towards securing the future of Hampton Pool. Great for you – great as presents!

1400mm x 700mm centenary branded towel £25 SOLD OUT

This luxurious bath sheet is made from 100% cotton on the plain side and poly-cotton (micro-fibre) on the printed side.

Lisa Tolley illustrated canvas tote bag £15

Ideal for all your swimming gear or as a spacious shopping bag.

Lisa Tolley illustration A3 print £10

Local artist Lisa Tolley has created her unique view of the Pool. Specially commissioned by Hampton Pool Trust to mark the centenary (unframed).

Swim Hats £7 SOLD OUT

Super quality swim hats with three designs to choose from.

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