Over 200 schools inspire their pupils to ‘swim their best’ for School Swimathon 2015

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A record number of school children from the length and breadth of the UK are taking part in School Swimathon 2015, with thousands of pupils already registered to take part in this year’s event. The number of pupils is expected to rise further still as classes continue their Spring Term swimming lessons.

Now in its third year, School Swimathon is a great way to inspire pupils to swim further than they ever have before. Created by the ASA and The Swimathon Foundation, the charity behind Swimathon, the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim, School Swimathon is a swimming programme for school children to improve their technique and water confidence.

The School Swimathon challenge launched in January when the pupils of mixed swimming abilities swam as far as they could with the results recorded online via the School Swimathon website. Since then schools have been using their weekly national curriculum swimming lessons to prepare for the challenge of improving their initial distance in their final lesson in April. Once the challenge has been undertaken each pupil will receive a certificate and badge to celebrate their achievement.

Duncan Goodhew, MBE commented, “Swimming is such an important life skill, and we want to see as many children as possible leaving school with the ability to swim. School Swimathon, with the support of The Swimathon Foundation and the ASA, is a great programme to support teachers in primary schools across the country. I’m really proud to be part of those that support the swimmers of the future.”

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