School Swimathon is returning for 2017 and is targeting it’s biggest year yet as it aims to inspire 15,000 pupils from across the country to ‘Swim their Best’.
Last year, School Swimathon – which is run through a partnership between The Swimathon Foundation and the ASA – saw 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 2017.
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.
“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.” Jon Glenn, ASA Head of Learn to Swim
And if you need any further incentive to register, don’t forget that participating in School Swimathon 2017 will help your school to increase swimming activity, raise the profile of curriculum swimming as well as supporting the ASA’s vision that every child should learn to swim before they leave primary school.
Facts and figures from 2016
Just take a look at some of the facts and figures from schools taking part in 2016:
- 87% of participating pupils improved their swimming distance.
- 1,289 pupils who were unable to swim 25 meters at the start of the Spring Term were able to swim 25 meters or more in their final distance swim.
- 85% of participating schools said they definitely would take part in School Swimathon again.
“With the support of The Swimathon Foundation and the ASA, School Swimathon is helping support our swimming teachers as they teach such an important life skill. I am so proud to be a part of this fantastic event and all the brilliant work it does in schools all over the country.” Duncan Goodhew MBE
To find out more about the School Swimathon 2017 event, please visit Schoolswimathon.org