Skip to main content

To: Barnet Council


We want you to reverse the decision to remove the diving facility at Barnet Copthall.

Why is this important?

Barnet Copthalls deep water pool has now closed for demolition. We thank each and every one of you that has supported us for the last three years non stop. We still need petition signatures as the people power behind this great cause stands us in good stead for future funding. Please help us reach 11,000 signatures!

The pool is now closed pending demolition despite the public outcry to save it.

Barnet has spent 47 million pounds on two new leisure centres but could not find a solution for one diving board. Many promises were made, but we have had to walk through treacle to move forward even slightly. The Mayor of Londons Crowdfundldn team were also told by Barnet that their scheme was unaffordable, they didn't mention ours.

The pool as you know is unique in the fact that there is no other like it between East London & Luton. It is large enough for Regional competitions, has a moveable floor and a five diving metre platform . The users of the pool are beyond heartbroken, particularly the children who have been out on the streets gaining signatures, raising funds through triathlons and attending council meetings. The scuba divers, public divers, dive lessons, squad divers, synchro, water polo and deep water fitness and aquatic fitness and therapy users are all also beyond consolable.

Personally although the last three years have taken their toll on us all mentally and emotionally it makes us more determined to replace this prized community grass roots facility and protect the Olympic Legacy of London 2012! This is a tragic loss to the Barnet Borough. Decreasing physical activity in 2019 is beyond comprehendible. Barnet are also building 12,000 new homes and reducing water space.

We want to build a game changing, fully inclusive, deep water pool for Barnet. We will have 50 aquatic activities every week and aim to have moveable steps into the pool and lifts up to the diving platforms!

We ask that you stick with us on this bumpy but worthy journey. Please keep sharing the petition and follow us on all social media channels. Comments are more than welcome.

Thanks for reading.
#Barnet #BarnetCopthall #Copthall #Crowdfundldn #SaveBarnetDiving #NorthLondon

How it will be delivered

London Borough of Barnet

Maps © Stamen; Data © OSM and contributors, ODbL


2019-11-23 21:19:17 +0000

We’ve only gone and launched our website:

2019-08-31 14:05:02 +0100

The saddest post so far. Yesterday Barnet Copthall Deep Water pool closed for demolition. We are beyond heartbroken. The last three years we have been bowled over by the level of support from everyone that's signed and shared this petition. We still need people to sign and share the petition as when we apply for major capital funding it shows the amazing people power behind our plans to replace this prized grass roots facility. Please do follow us on social and post your comments as it all helps! Thank you

2019-07-06 10:24:06 +0100

Dear All,
So the time has nearly come that the bulldozers arrive to demolish the only deep water pool in Barnet, North London. Children and adults alike are truly heartbroken. The end of a 40 year era at Barnet Copthall.
We are asking all of our friends, families and supporters to please send the petition on again:
Thank you for signing the petition #SaveBarnetDiving, can you help spread the word by forwarding the link below to your friends?

2019-04-23 11:40:51 +0100

Hi Everyone! We need just five minutes of your time please. Please have your say on the new Copthall Master Plan. The plan still does not include the deep water pool despite many additions to the Copthall site ( which we support)

2019-04-08 09:32:49 +0100

10,000 signatures reached

2019-04-08 08:17:06 +0100

What can YOU do to help:
Comment, share, repost, tweet our posts on social links below.
Share the petition on Whatsapp / Text / Email the petition link. We are finding lots of people don’t know due to the campaign being over 2.5 years ago.
Email Sadiq Khan - The Mayors CrowdfundLDN team refused our pitch for 50K - despite there being a one million pound fund. Of which they only awarded 700K
The MP for the Hendon Ward, where the only deep water pool is located, is Dr Matthew Offord.

Keep at it everyone! We are not going down without a fight.
Thank you.
Tell everyone you know!

2019-04-08 08:15:50 +0100

We are only 22 sigs away from 10K
When you share the petition on average we get between 1 and 5 new signatures!

2019-03-19 21:30:01 +0000

Please keep sharing. Only 300 signs more to hit 10K!

2019-03-14 15:35:26 +0000

We are asking our new supporters and old friends to help spread the petition again.

2018-07-21 15:12:56 +0100

Hi All! We need a little favour please - can you leave us a positive comment our our exciting project page here:
Please do ask friends and family also! The more the merrier! Thank you

2018-04-21 06:20:38 +0100

Our recent update

2018-03-30 09:20:54 +0100

This is a MUST watch - exactly the type of activity we want to make the norm in North London ( the Aviva voting is closed but the video is fab)

2018-03-30 09:09:09 +0100

Follow us on LinkedIn too

2018-03-30 09:06:34 +0100

Love our new Patron joining Joanna Lumley

2018-03-30 09:05:17 +0100

Excited to announce we have joined the Young Barnet Foundation

2017-11-05 20:26:22 +0000

When you have watched the video below - please vote for us here 📲🤞🏽💦

2017-11-05 20:25:31 +0000

Please take a moment to watch the video in the link and then vote for us in the #avivacommunityfund

2017-06-26 06:32:32 +0100

It's because of YOU that our journey continues!

2017-06-10 21:12:46 +0100

2017-05-30 21:34:50 +0100

Don't forget our Triathlon on June 18th at Saracens! The diving squad will cycle, run and dive to raise funds for a new deep water pool for the community.
Follow us on social media for timings...#savebarnetdiving is now North London Aquatics 🤳🏽

2017-03-05 09:34:29 +0000

Our new Patron!

2017-03-03 19:08:55 +0000

Look out for our Crowdfunding news coming very soon!

2017-02-10 11:53:16 +0000

We are looking for Patrons for our new #Charity - please email

2017-02-10 11:52:23 +0000

There is a new public diving session at Barnet Copthall on Saturdays 2-3pm - check with the leisure centre for any session changes before arrival. Come along and dive for fun!

2017-01-29 19:06:55 +0000

We look forward to working with Barnet Council making a regional diving facility a reality in North London. We are evolving from #SaveBarnetDiving to North London Aquatics.
#NorthLondon #Aquatics #Diving #Sport #GrassRoots 📝
Want to be part of our exciting success story?

2017-01-27 17:27:26 +0000

Barnet Copthall to add a further public diving session from 11th Feb

2017-01-21 18:56:20 +0000

We are making deep water sport a reality in North London! Who's in?!

2017-01-19 06:38:29 +0000

2016-12-14 04:46:38 +0000

2016-12-14 04:45:06 +0000

2016-12-04 19:00:04 +0000

Important stuff to read and hope to see you on Dec 13th

2016-11-29 14:30:26 +0000

We have a 3 minute slot at the Policies meeting on Thursday at 7pm -Hendon Town Hall

2016-11-28 12:12:00 +0000

Despite over 9000 signatures the Sports Consultancy recommend that no deep water pool is included in the 30 million pound leisure centres.
The Sports Consultancy also were commissioned to write the first feasibility study. We have grave concerns that this is not open, fair or unbiased.

2016-11-28 12:05:35 +0000

Don't forget we are handing in our petition today at 4.30pm at North London Business Park

2016-11-25 19:38:40 +0000

2016-11-23 22:16:12 +0000

Even though over 8500 have signed - Barnet council still say NO to including diving in the new 30 million pound leisure centres. The report by the Sports Consultancy is full of inaccuracies even now.

2016-11-23 09:28:09 +0000

Come and support us handing in our petition!

2016-11-20 10:28:00 +0000

Exciting news - we have smashed our 7000 signatures goal and now have 8500 in total! Each and every one of you is part of our campaign! Thank you!
We have two dates for you:
Handing in the petition on Monday 28th November 4.30pm at North London Business Park
13th December - Full Council Meeting - details to follow.
The campaign is not yet over - stay posted on Twitter & FB for updates!

2016-11-11 18:47:19 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2016-10-26 10:32:45 +0100

The Residents Forums are this evening. Please do attend if you can. We will be at Hendon Town Hall at 6.30pm. Hope to see you there #SaveBarnetDiving

2016-10-24 18:30:45 +0100

2016-10-23 16:10:30 +0100

An update on #SaveBarnetDiving - Barnet Council are conducting another feasibility review over the next few weeks with The Sports Consultancy. This of course doesn't guarantee anything but it is a shift from the council to at least review the diving facility in the new 30 million pound Leisure Centres. We now have 5200 signatures but time is running out to get to our goal of 7000. Planning permission is now live but does not include a review of diving as the council minuted. We really do need your help again please. This last push could secure us a full council meeting but we have to work quickly. We are out on the streets again today gaining paper signatures and would love if you can share our on line petition. You can sign from anywhere in the U.K.
If anyone has any contacts in the world of Sport Funding that can help guide us through these last crucial weeks we would also be very grateful. Thanks for reading. Please message me if you need any more info.

2016-10-17 11:33:37 +0100

We now have over 900 paper signatures! So are looking at around 5200.
We need 1800 more! Please keep sharing! Thank you.

2016-09-26 11:17:02 +0100

2016-09-15 14:39:47 +0100

Please would you mind forwarding the message below to all friends and family

Dear All,
We are a group of parents trying to save the Diving facility at Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre. The diving facility is being removed when two new leisure centres are being built. We would appreciate if you could forward our petition to parents, teachers, friends, colleagues & family to sign and share for us please. It takes less than a minute:
Our aim is to reach 7000 signatures to trigger a full council debate.
If you have time, please answer these three short questions:
Thank you for you time & please follow our progress on:

2016-09-15 13:13:11 +0100

Hi All,
Please can you share this link with friends, colleagues, family, clubs etc
Thank you

2016-09-06 14:15:54 +0100

2016-09-06 12:48:47 +0100

Over the next three weekends we will be out and about in the Barnet Borough gaining paper signatures.
Details to follow!

2016-09-01 06:16:33 +0100

We have our five minute slot with the council this eve. Can you come along and support us?
It's at 7pm at Hendon Town Hall. Parking is tricky so try the side streets. Thanks for reading!

2016-09-01 06:15:14 +0100

2016-08-14 06:06:51 +0100

Can we please get 9 more likes on the Facebook Page today?

2016-08-14 06:05:15 +0100

2016-08-09 13:39:03 +0100

Please keep signing and sharing! Thank you.
Use the hashtag #SaveBarnetDiving to follow our progress!

2016-08-09 13:33:27 +0100 check out Chloe's #Olympic dream

2016-07-24 14:20:08 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2016-07-22 19:20:25 +0100

500 signatures reached

2016-07-19 22:41:22 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-07-18 12:27:10 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-07-17 22:02:57 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-07-16 13:30:35 +0100

10 signatures reached

* A portion of the signature total has been collected offline and has not yet been verified by 38 Degrees.