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Goodhew and Cook launch Pools 4 Schools in Redcar

15 November 2010

Redcar children are being taught to swim for free in an innovative portable pool which has been built at Rye Hills School.

The facility, which is part of the British Gas Pools 4 Schools initiative, received the official seal of approval today, from Moscow Olympic breaststroke champion, Duncan Goodhew and 2006 double Commonwealth gold medallist, Chris Cook from South Shields.

British Gas Pools 4 Schools takes a special teaching pool around the country and provides free swimming lessons for children in areas where there is limited access to a swimming pool.

The programme is aiming to teach around 1,000 school children to swim at the Redcar pool over a seven week period and will deliver at least 6,300 swimming lessons in total. Five primary and three secondary schools are currently using the pool.

It’s hoped that this will help local youngsters achieve the National Curriculum target of learning to swim 25m unaided by the time they leave primary school.

To learn more about the British Gas Pools 4 Schools initiative, click here.

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