More than 9,500 English school pupils have signed up to ‘Swim their Best’ as part of this year’s School Swimathon.
Now in its fourth year, School Swimathon – which is run through a partnership between The Swimathon Foundation and the ASA – has seen a record-breaking 10 per cent increase in the number of pupils taking part.
The programme is open to all school children – primary and secondary – who are receiving school swimming lessons during the spring term 2016.
It encourages pupils to improve their swimming technique and water confidence before challenging themselves to swim further than ever before during the final session of the term.
Record sign-ups for School Swimathon in High Wycombe and Stoke-on-Trent
Two schools who have been strong advocates of this year’s School Swimathon and reached record-breaking numbers of participating pupils were Pipers Corner, in High Wycombe and Forsbrook, in Stoke-on-Trent.
Jon Glenn, ASA Head of Learn to Swim, said: “Swimming is one of the easiest, safest forms of exercise for children of all abilities, and school swimming is the single most effective way of teaching children how to be safe in and around water.
“School Swimathon provides an invaluable opportunity for participating schools to encourage a love of swimming in their pupils, whilst helping to highlight the importance of regular school swimming lessons as part of the national curriculum.”
Duncan Goodhew MBE commented: “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.”
School Swimathon 2015 statistics
- 89 per cent of pupils increased their swimming distance during their weekly swimming lessons.
- 96 per cent of pupils who were registered non-swimmers could swim by the end of the semester.
- 47 per cent of pupils who could not swim 25m were able to swim 25m or more by the end of the programme.
Results from the 2016 campaign will be released next month when children swim their final distances and complete their School Swimathon journey.