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Leek Offers Swim Lessons for Disabled Children

Leek Offers Swim Lessons for Disabled Children
9 September 2014 2037 Views No comments

New swimming lessons have been launched in Leek for disabled children. The classes will be held at the Brough Park Leisure Centre, providing a chance for disabled children across North Staffordshire to learn how to swim.

The Sentinel reports that the classes will fulfil a demand across the area that has not been dealt with before. This is due to the closure of Shelton Pool in 2011, which was previously the main centre for providing disabled swimming classes in the county.

This means that for the past few years, parents have either had to travel to other counties to make use of suitable facilities or their children have not been able to take part in swimming activities.

The new sessions, called Paddles Swimming Lessons, have been arranged by Paralympian Matt Walker and Anna Levan, the Sport Development Manager at Brough Park Leisure Centre.

Ms. Levan told the news provider: "The only access to swimming disabled children in the area have at the moment is through their schools, and that is usually from a therapeutic point of view. There is not really anywhere where they can just go to get in the water.

"The Cossacs team at Shelton Pool was great until it closed down, but even that was focused more on competition. We will be catering for those with severe disabilities who wouldn't otherwise have access to any swimming lessons.

"It is widely accepted that regular involvement of people in sport and recreational activities leads to the improved health and social well-being of individuals."

Mr Walker, who has won a total of 12 Paralympic Games swimming medals, lives in the area and is helping to launch the lessons to deal with a very real need. He said that there is nothing like the classes available for disabled children in the area, despite the pool in Leek having easy access.

The lessons will be on offer for children from 3 up to 18 years old and will include one-on-one lessons, providing an experience other swimming lessons don't.

Children will be able to make the most of the lessons on Saturday afternoons from September 25th. For more information, contact Anna on 01538 373603 or email paddlessc@gmail.com.