School Swimathon has seen a record number of school children from across England taking part in School Swimathon 2015. The Swimathon sister programme is now in its third year, and has proved to be an engaging tool to get pupils across the country inspired to swim further than they ever have before.
To celebrate the children’s achievement and inspire them to keep swimming, Olympic gold medallist and Swimathon President Duncan Goodhew visited Whitchurch Primary School in Bristol and Moordown Primary School in Bournemouth. While there, he supported the swimming classes, joined in the fun, and congratulated children on the achievement of swimming their furthest distances yet.
Across the School Swimathon programme, almost 9000 pupils have been involved in the School Swimathon campaign. The programme has been a great success – an astounding 89% of pupils have improved their swimming distance in their final swim compared with their initial swim. Furthermore 96% of pupils who were previously registered as non-swimmers are now swimming, and 47% of pupils who could not swim a standard 25m length can now swim 25m or more.
Created by The Swimathon Foundation, (the charity behind Swimathon) and swimming’s national governing body, the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association), School Swimathon is a swimming programme for school children that encourages them to improve their technique and water confidence.
Duncan Goodhew, MBE said: “I love coming down to the schools and participating in the swimming lessons myself. Swimming is such an important life skill, and seeing kids enjoying their classes tells me we’re on the right path to have as many children as possible leaving school with the ability to swim. I couldn’t be more proud to be part of those that support the swimmers of the future.”
Jon Glenn, Head of Learn to Swim at the ASA said: “The School Swimathon campaign is a great way to inspire younger children to swim more, and highlights the importance of regular school swimming lessons.
“It provides an invaluable opportunity for participating schools to encourage a love of swimming in their pupils, whilst helping to ensure that this vitally important life skill is delivered by schools as part of the national curriculum.”
For more information about School Swimathon, please visit www.schoolswimathon.org