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We have once again joined forces with the Swimathon Foundation, to help pupils across the country to ‘Swim their Best’ in the School Swimathon.

Participating schools will set the challenge to pupils across the country to get the most from their swimming and swim further than they ever have before.

Schools will use their national curriculum weekly swim sessions throughout the 2018 spring term to improve pupils’ swimming ability.

Pupils of all abilities will set their initial distance in their first swim. Teachers will record their pupil’s distances in January. With our support and guidance, pupils then begin their journey to ‘Swim their Best’. They will record their final distance in April.

Executive Headteacher at Cardwell School Lisa Lazell thinks her pupils benefit from the resources and the motivation School Swimathon gives. She said: “Taking part in the School Swimathon means that our pupils have an added incentive to improve their swimming, which is a skill that they will carry into their adult life. Our pupils love the challenge of learning to swim different strokes. They are eager to know how to improve their stroke techniques.”

“By using the wall chart, it means they can see the progress they are making and recognise the importance of practice and hard work. It also means they are encouraged to swim regularly which teaches them about the importance of becoming physically fit and developing a healthy lifestyle. They say that they feel like Olympic swimmers when they put on their Swimathon hats!”

Get your school involved

The programme is open to all school children, both primary and secondary, who are receiving school swimming lessons during the spring term 2018. Entries close at midnight on the 31 January 2018.

Earlier this year, 81 per cent of participating pupils swam the furthest they have ever swum before. In addition, 3,558 pupils who were unable to swim 25 meters before the event achieved that distance after the campaign.

  • Click here to find out more about the School Swimathon 2018 event and register a class.