The Community Leisure Association of Whitworth (CLAW) was formed in 2002 by a group of local people following the closure of Whitworth swimming pool.
The initial aim of the Association was to obtain grants, funds, donations and other assistance and to apply these funds to the repair and improvement of Whitworth Swimming Pool to enable it to be re-opened. This was successfully achieved in June 2003
Part of the agreement with Rossendale Borough Council, on the re-opening of the pool, was to incorporate the running of the Civic Hall. However before an agreement could be finalised the Civic Hall was destroyed by fire in December 2003.
Following the fire, CLAW with the backing of the local community, actively sought an agreement with RBC to rebuild the Civic Hall on it's original site. Finally in February 2005, RBC agreed to rebuild the Civic Hall, now The Riverside, funded mainly through the insurance money.
Our objectives are now to provide security to the future of the Leisure Centre and The Riverside, whilst ensuring that the best interests of the community are maintained.