Hounslow families are taking the plunge as they continue to make good use of the Make a Splash temporary swimming pool.
Set up in the grounds of Southville Nursery and Infant School, the pool was officially opened by Olympic and former Commonwealth Welsh swimmer Tom Haffield.
Since the pool opened, over 1,100 pupils, adults and local families have enjoyed using the facility, which offers swimming lessons for adults and children from just £1.
Funding for the pool in Bedfont Lane, Feltham, has been provided by the school and Hounslow Council. The programme encourages children who may not otherwise have the opportunity to get involved and give swimming a go.
The pool is part of the Make a Splash programme, which is run by Total Swimming and supported by the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association).
Now in its seventh year, the programme is a key part of the Mayor of London’s £25m Sports Legacy Fund which was set up to help encourage more people to get involved in sport in London. The programme is also sponsored by Thames Water, who provide water for all of the pools.
Councillor Corinna Smart, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Leisure, Hounslow Council, said: “This is a great facility for the pupils, who get the chance to get involved in a sport such as swimming along with their families.
“This opportunity means we can encourage more of our young people not only take up swimming on a regular basis but have an interest in all sports, so they can look to enjoy a healthier and active lifestyle.”
Joanne Lacey, headteacher at Southville Nursery and Infants School said “We’re really excited to be able to host the pool this summer. It’s a great opportunity for children and young people to improve their swimming abilities.”
The pool is available at The Southville Nursery and Infant School and The Southville Junior School, Bedfont Lane, Feltham, TW14 9NP until 6 July 2016. For more information or to book lessons, visit www.totalswimming.co.uk/make-a-splash or call 0161 764 2224
Notes to Editors
About Total Swimming
Total Swimming is a business with a passion for innovation, learning and excellence who are committed to revolutionising swimming through tackling the way in which swimming is delivered.
Total Swimming was set up in 2005 by Olympians Adrian Turner and Steve Parry, following the 2004 Games in Athens. Total Swimming’s vision is to make the ‘aquatic journey’ as enjoyable and rewarding for everyone else as it was for them.
About the ASA
The ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) is the English national governing body for swimming, diving, synchronised swimming and water polo. It organises competitions throughout England, establishes the laws of the sport, and operates a comprehensive certification and education programmes for teachers, coaches and officials.
There are 1,000 affiliated swimming clubs which are supported by the ASA through a national, regional and county structure. Millions of children have been taught to swim through the ASA’s learn to swim programmes. The ASA also develops programmes and initiatives to increase the number of people swimming more often. For more information visit: www.swimming.org/asa
About the Mayor’s Sports Legacy Fund
The Mayor’s Sport’s Legacy Fund, which is aimed at encouraging grassroots sport and encouraging more Londoners into physical activity has seen £16m invested across the city out of a fund totalling £22m. This rises to more than £40m with match funding from other organisations. So far, it has helped to support 75 sports facilities, train 13,000 sports coaches and officials and supported a huge range of projects from athletics to Zumba. The ‘Freesport’ programme is providing 17,000 people with 6 hours (minimum) of free sports coaching.