Nottingham City Council got into the swim of things this week, with a number of events including three galas and a Nottingham Big School Swim.
The council held a Novice Primary Gala on Monday 16 May from 9:30 to 11:30am. This gala was for those pupils who were unable to swim the full 25m distance, and offered relays and walking through water races to make sure that all pupils had a chance to participate.
The Key Stage 2 Gala was held on Wednesday 18 May between 9:30 and 11:30am, with thirteen different events for both boys and girls. The events included 25m races across all four strokes and relay events.
They also ran a Key Stage three gala the week before, Thursday 12 May, which followed the same format as the Key Stage 2 Gala.
The Nottingham Big School Swim event
There were 170 pupils involved in the Nottingham Big School Swim event, a celebration of 125 years of school swimming. It provided pupils with an old Victorian swimming lesson which evolved into a modern day lesson. This was covered by BBC East Midlands and Notts TV.
This event came after 160 primary schools across the country took part in the ASA’s countrywide Big School Swim event last month. The Nottingham Big School Swim gave pupils from 14 Nottingham schools the chance to learn about how school swimming has changed since it became compulsory on the national curriculum 125 years ago.
During the gala week Nova Centurion’s Kelsie Campbell presented medals to the pupils. She also held a demonstration and talked to the children at all three of the gala events. The 17-year old has just returned from representing Jamaica in recent championships. She has previously qualified for both Olympic and Commonwealth Games trials.
Councillor Sam Webster, Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills at Nottingham City Council, said: “We are working closely with schools to achieve the best swimming results for every child in the city and creating skills for life, so celebrating this year’s anniversary year is all the more special.
“Our National Curriculum swimming achievements are the highest they’ve ever been, with an 11% rise over three years. – Cllr Sam Webster
“Not only does swimming bring health and sporting opportunities for children, it is also an essential life skill and we must continue to keep lessons at the forefront of the curriculum.”
ASA Head of Learn to Swim, Jon Glenn, said: “Swimming is a brilliant activity that once learned, can be enjoyed forever. It is also a great way for children to stay healthy, and opens the door to a vast number of other fun, water-based sports.
“For many children, swimming at school will be their only opportunity to learn this vital skill, which is why it is so great that so many schools have joined us in celebrating the importance of school swimming with the Big School Swim.”