British Gas Pools 4 Schools Success
Rebecca Adlington and a host of top swimmers came together to celebrate the achievements of the British Gas Pools 4 Schools programme at a special event in Stratford-upon-Avon on Wednesday 4 February.
The double Olympic gold medallist joined GBR swimmers Roberto Pavoni, Dan Fogg, Rebecca Turner and Rachael Kelly to launch a temporary swimming pool at Stratford Leisure & Visitor Centre.The celebration event saw the athletes hold various aquatic sessions and competitions in the water with local pupils from Dunnington Primary School, as well as a question and answer session and presentation.
The British Gas Pools 4 Schools programme was initially developed to take temporary swimming pools to schools in areas of aquatic deprivation to help children who may otherwise not have access to swimming lessons, learn how to swim.
Over time the programme has developed hugely to meet the wider needs of local communities, with pools expanding from small 12m x 6m open air facilities to fully housed 25m leisure complexes.
Since the programme began in 2007, over 55,000 people have used British Gas Pools 4 Schools pools in 31 locations across England.
Adlington, who has been involved with British Gas Pools 4 Schools since the programme began, comments: “The British Gas Pools 4 Schools programme has been an incredible success. No one knew how successful it would be when it first started, but over 30,000 children have been taught to swim through the programme which is amazing."
Steve Parry, Olympian and co-founder of Total Swimming said: “Since 2009, we have enjoyed a great partnership with British Gas and the ASA, delivering the unique British Gas Pools 4 Schools programme in 31 different locations across England. One of the main reasons Total Swimming was formed was to create new and exciting swimming opportunities across the country, and you only need to visit one of our pools to see how we are achieving exactly that."
British Gas Brand Manager, Matthew Leopold said: “At British Gas we are tremendously proud that British Gas Pools 4 School has already helped nearly 60,000 people to learn this vital skill and we hope many more youngsters will benefit from the programme over the coming months in the Stratford-Upon-Avon area”
Jon Glenn, Head of Learn to Swim at the ASA, said: “The British Gas Pools 4 Schools programme has done a fantastic job in providing not only the facility, but also highly qualified teaching staff to deliver swimming lessons to thousands of children across the country. We’ve come to Stratford to celebrate the programme’s immense journey from a little pool in Liverpool through to a full 25 metre swimming complex.”
British Gas Pools 4 School is run in conjunction with the ASA and the pool is provided by Total Swimming. These lessons promote the benefits of regular physical activity while having fun at the same time. They also highlight the importance of water safety and provide affordable swimming to a community which has only one publicly accessible pool.