CHILDREN UNABLE to swim are most likely to come from low income, Black and Asian backgrounds.

SWIM UNITED CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

Swim England has joined three of the biggest names in the sport and leading aquatic organisations in pledging its support for a major campaign to ensure all children who leave primary school by 2025 are able to swim. The Swim United campaign has been launched by swimwear brand Speedo alongside Olympic gold medallist Adam Peaty, […]

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PULLING THE PUBLIC POOL PLUG

It’s pretty unusual for swimming pools to be so thoroughly in the news. They were in the headlines over covid of course, which finished off about 200 pools. Then last autumn there were warnings from Swim England that up to 2,000 more might close in the next ten years, starved of the funds necessary for […]

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THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM requirements are that by the end of Key Stage 2 (year 6), pupils are expected to be able to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.

SCHOOLS FAILING PUPILS

Swimming and water safety should be taken even more seriously due to the ‘astonishing and worrying’ number of children leaving primary school unable to swim. English, mathematics and science are currently the only core subjects on the national curriculum across all key stages. However, Edward Timpson, Former Minister for Children, the MP for Eddisbury in […]

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192,000 TILES HAVE NOW BEEN LAID at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre

LET THE GAMES BEGIN

Emily Martin reports as we look forward to the forthcoming Commonwealth Games… The eyes of the world will be on the West Midlands this summer as the city of Birmingham will play host to elite athletes from around the world flocking to participate in the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The prestigious international sporting event is held […]

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HEALTH AND WELLBEING for all ages is an important new focus. Picture – Good Boost

UNDER PRESSURE

Jane Herbert reports on the conflicting demands for community water space… Commercial pool operators have rarely been under so much pressure. Swim England’s September 2021 report – A Decade of Decline – highlighted the urgent need for investment to combat ageing pool stock. Months of COVID restrictions have led to some facilities not re-opening at […]

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"This is a very worrying report which could impact on millions of people across the country..." - Jane Nickerson, Swim England chief executive.

CALLS FOR £1 BILLION POOL INVESTMENT

Swim England has warned almost 2,000 swimming pools could be lost forever by the end of the decade unless the Government and local authorities ‘act now’ to replace or refurbish ageing facilities. In its new A Decade of Decline: The Future of Swimming Pools in England report that there will be a huge reduction in […]

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82 PER CENT OF public pools closed due to Covid, have still not re-opened.

TRUE COST OF RECOVERY

The last 18 months have been tough on pools, writes Brian Guthrie for PWTAG. The cost of having pools closed and then reopening them safely – twice – has been immense. Running public pools is expensive anyway and keeping them ticking over ,with no revenue, has cost millions. So where do we stand, and what […]

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SWIM ENGLAND hope
every child leaves
primary school set up to
enjoy the water safely for the rest of their lives

POSITIVES FOR SCHOOL SWIMMING

Swim England has welcomed confirmation that PE and School Sport Premium government funding will continue at £320 million for the next academic year. “This is a really positive announcement from the Department for Education and will be a huge help to primary schools up and down the country,” responds Swim England Chief Executive Jane Nickerson. […]

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TOP OF THE CLASS

Top marks for Buckingham Pools in the education pool sector… All swimming pools are highly technical, complex installations and this is especially so in the high-footfall school, university or leisure centre sector. Whether you are dreaming of an Olympic-level competition pool, a tailor-made therapy pool for specific groups or a learner pool with depth flexibility, […]

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MILLIONS TO GO SWIMMING AGAIN

It has been more than a year since the government announced public swimming pools would close as part of the efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus. The long wait is over. Pools across the UK will be reopening from Monday 12th April with millions able to go swimming again. A whopping 3,794 facilities with […]

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