For the first time since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the iconic London Aquatics Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has opened its doors to the public, costing as little as £3.50 per swim.
Watergate School, in the London Borough of Lewisham, is a priceless asset for children with severe learning difﬁculties. The school’s 90 pupils, aged between three and 11, include some with profound and multiple learning difﬁculties and many wheelchair users. Watergate’s hydrotherapy pool is particularly valuable for their development, using programmes developed by the NHS physiotherapists based at the school, who also run after school sessions for a baby and toddler groups and visits from another local special school. “As you can appreciate the swimming pool is very important to our school and its pupils,” says Watergate School’s Nick Frost.