FOLLOWING the School Swimming Manifesto that was presented by the ASA to Government last week announcing that over a third of children leave primary school not being able to swim, the Riverside and Ponteland Leisure Centres are offering a free trial taster lesson to school pupils in the area who are unable to swim 25m.
And with statistics from the governing body for the sport in England showing that 21 percent of parents are unable to swim and say that their children can’t swim either, the offer is extended to parents.
The figures from the school swimming census mean that around 200,000 children would still be unable to swim at the age of 11. With more than 400 people drowning every year in the UK it’s vital that all children have the opportunity to learn this important skill.
Tara Stroud, Head of Swimming at the Riverside and Ponteland Leisure Centres, said: “The research by the ASA and Kellogg’s is very worrying. We want to do all we can to encourage more people – young and old – to enjoy swimming and learn this vital life skill.”
For more information about swimming activities at your local centre and to claim your free taster session, call 01670 514665 for the Riverside Leisure Centre, in the Newmarket area of Morpeth, or 01661 825441 for Ponteland Leisure Centre, located off Callerton Lane.