Date posted 03 Nov 2021

Consisting of daily swimming lessons, pupils were taught essential swimming skills whilst having fun in the water with a range of engagement activities and games. The programme’s overarching aim was to encourage pupils to surpass the National Curriculum standard of 25 metres.

Lawdale, Stewart Headlam, Hague, Columbia and Bigland Green primary schools put forward pupils they felt would be best suited to the scheme. The response has been staggering with usage exceeding 800 visits between 26 to 29 October.

Local resident and parent of three children who took part, Donna, commented: “The lessons have been brilliant. Two of my children were completely new to swimming so this has been a great way for them to learn. We’ve loved coming to the leisure centre this week and we can’t wait to come along again.”

General Manager at Mile End Park, Billy Jones, added: “It has been brilliant to see the partnership work with local schools in action this week with our intensive learn to swim programme. This is a great example of GLL re-investing back into our local community. We’re already looking to see how we can run similar programmes during the next school holidays.” 

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “Swimming is the only sport that saves lives, as well as being great fun and good for keeping fit. I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to offer these lessons and that hundreds more local children have now reached the curriculum standard of twenty-five metres having been taught to swim and learnt an invaluable lifelong skill.”

Better delivers schools’ swimming lessons to dozens of primary schools in Tower Hamlets, with thousands of children accessing school swimming provision every week.  Better’s after-school and weekend learn-to-swim programme compliments the school swimming offer with tens of thousands of visits every year.

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