Double Olympic Champion, Rebecca Adlington, Warns of Risk to Children as Record Number of Public Pools Shut
Posted: Mon, 21 Mar 2022 17:36
Four-time Olympic medallist, Rebecca Adlington, has warned that more children than ever before at at risk of leaving primary school unable to swim as a result of the record number of pool closures over the past 18 months, significantly reducing the offer of lessons and facilities.
Currently, one in three children leave primary school unable to swim, but 6this number could reach higher levels due to school pool closures. Adlington is encouraging schools to put swimming at the top of their agendas, saying that swimming should be prioritised just as much as other subjects as it's a skill that could save a child's life.
Adlington is approaching this issue, and the rising obesity crisis by launching The Movement Project. This is an initiative from Total Swimming Academies and Vivify, offering schools across the country a £1 million lifeline to help them keep their pools and dry side facilities open.
The Movement Project is available to all schools across the UK to help prevent them from closing their pools and dry side facilities imminently. The funding can be used for a range of maintenance work, including new changing room facilities, viewing galleries, pool plant room work or to build a reception area.