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Milton Keynes Campaigner Calling for More Primary Swimming Lessons

Milton Keynes Campaigner Calling for More Primary Swimming Lessons
17 November 2014 1452 Views No comments

Community campaigner David Pendergast is urging the six primary schools in the region to provide more access for primary school pupils to swimming lessons, in response to the latest figures from the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA).

The Milton Keynes Citizen reports that Mr Pendergast is in discussions, alongside local councillor Zoe Nolan, with Stantonbury Leisure Centre. The aim is to see the centre offer more swimming opportunities for children under the age of 11.

This is in response to a recent ASA report which suggested that almost half (45 per cent) of children aged between seven and 11 are unable to swim the length of a swimming pool without help.

Mr Pendergast told the news provider: “I want all children in the Loughton and Shenley area to have swimming lessons. I want to ensure that disabled young people also have the same choice.”

Ms Nolan has also supported Mr Pendergast's campaign, saying: “I would be willing to help persuade all six local primary schools of the merits of organising swimming lessons at Stantonbury or at Wolverton pools.

“The disabled facility at Stantonbury is a positive option for some young disabled people learning to swim."

She continued to say that teaching youngsters to swim will help them be safe near the water, while also building confidence and providing them with an enjoyable pursuit.

Although swimming is part of the national curriculum for primary schools in England, the ASA report found that around 1,300 schools aren't providing lessons.

If your child is not benefiting from swimming lessons, or is not spending enough time in the water for it to be beneficial, you might consider extracurricular swimming lessons.

Checking with your local swimming pool to see what sessions are available could help you to fit lessons around your schedule. You may also find that schemes are in place to offer free or reduced-cost swimming sessions.

Not only do lessons help your children become more confident in the water, but they also increase confidence, build up water skills, teach them about safety and help kids stay active throughout the year.

If your little ones are anxious about water, you can find a range of products at Konfidence that can help them to feel more at ease and support their development.