Coventry School Brings Back Free Swimming Lessons with British Gas Pools 4 Schools
04.05.2011

Coventry School Brings Back Free Swimming Lessons with British Gas Pools 4 Schools

The school was forced to close its swimming pool in 2007 and had been expecting to get new or renovated facilities through the government’s Building Schools for the Future programme, until the scheme was scrapped last year.

Now Coundon Court is working in partnership with British Gas Pools 4 Schools to bring swimming back to the school. Through the use of the temporary pool, it is hoped to demonstrate the huge demand for swimming in this area of the city. Usage over the next few weeks will help to build strong evidence for alternative funding streams, to find a longer term solution.

The temporary facility is getting the official seal of approval today from City of Coventry swimming club’s 2002 Commonwealth champion, Adam Whitehead.

British Gas Pools 4 Schools takes a special teaching pool around the country and provides free swimming lessons for children in areas where there is limited access to a swimming pool.

Around 200 children from nine Coventry schools will be taught to swim over a six-week period, while the community programme in the evenings and at weekends saw 500 people take the plunge within the first nine days of the pool opening.

The 12m by 6m pool, which was built by Total Swimming, opened on 11th April and hosted a number of intensive learn to swim courses over the Easter holidays. It will be in Coventry until 27th May.

One in five children in the UK leaves school without being able to swim, and this statistic rises to four in five in some communities with limited access to a pool.