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New five-year legacy-building programme

18 September 2012

The UK Sport partnership with The British Council Jordan through the London 2012 legacy programme, International Inspiration, has generated a new five-year legacy-building programme between British Swimming and Jordan Swimming Association.

This new programme builds on the impact and success of the three-year International Inspiration programme and has created an opportunity for Jordan to build their own legacy from the London Games. The self-sustainable, quality-assured Learn to Swim programme will give over 250,000 children in Jordan and neighbouring countries the opportunity to participate. Selected coaches involved will also have the opportunity to gain formalised aquatic teaching and coaching qualifications alongside practical and vocational experience.

The Learn to Swim programme will open up dialogue and partnerships between public and private enterprises to provide young people with access to swimming pools for coaching and teaching sessions. The programme strategically targets female coaches; approximately 100 women will be trained as Swimming Teachers in the Arabic Peninsula over a 5 year plan.

Swimming in Jordan will offer young people the opportunity for social development in an environment, which stimulates communication, teamwork and friendships. Apart from encouraging healthy lifestyles, it will allow this generation of young people to be the first to grow up with swimming as part of their everyday lives.

Jon Glenn, Head of Youth and Community for the Amateur Swimming Association says, “The benefits of a programme of this nature are unprecedented in the Arabic peninsula. With greater opportunities for children to participate in aquatic sport and strategic training of teachers especially women, this programme will help shape a more diverse and efficient swimming pathway. The London Games aimed to ‘Inspire a generation’ not just in the UK but all over the world; an initiative like this is the perfect stepping stone towards achieving that goal.”

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