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Scotland’s pools set to make a Big Splash

22 September 2011

22 September Scottish Swimming and the Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, officially launched the Big Splash in Scotland at the National Swimming Academy at the University of Stirling on Wednesday 21 September.

The Big Splash is the UK’s largest ever swimming campaign.  It aims to encourage the nation’s existing swimmers and inspire new people to the pool by setting a personal challenge to swim a mile for Sport Relief.  The swim challenge is from the 27 to 29 April 2012 and will be run in conjunction with Swimathon which offers additional training opportunities in the build up to the spring event. 

Big Splash in Scotland is delivered in partnership with Scottish Swimming, British Swimming and the BBC. Health and fitness continues to challenge our nation and 1 in 4 children in Scotland leave primary school unable to swim. That is why the Big Splash is being backed by some of the BBC’s biggest stars including Gary Lineker, Graham Norton, Matt Baker and Gabby Logan.

Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, said, “The Big Splash will help raise the profile of swimming, one of Scotland’s top participation sports which can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities. We want to see more people motivated to improve their health by getting involved in a physical activity like swimming, which is why I warmly welcome this initiative. The campaign is aiming to increase participation in swimming and aquatic activities whilst raising money for a very worthy cause.”

Ashley Howard, Chief Executive of Scottish Swimming, said, “The Big Splash in Scotland is a perfect fit for our Just Add Water health and fitness campaign to increase participation in swimming and get more people active through quality aquatic activities. The inclusive nature of swimming means it is an ideal activity regardless of age or ability. Swimming brings significant health and well-being benefits and it saves lives.

"More than 100 pools across Scotland have already signed up to the campaign and will be encouraging people to get back to the pool with new exciting aquatics activities. 

"Scottish Swimming has provided a comprehensive training and education support programme for 3 key products – Aqua Zumba (dance in the water), Swimfit (get help for your lap swimming sessions) and Aqua Host (for pool operators looking to refresh the customer experience at the pool).  All 32 local authorities in Scotland will be delivering one or more of these exciting new products from September onwards so there will be no excuses for missing out on a minimum of 30 minutes in the pool each week.”

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