Make a Splash is a pioneering programme that was founded as part of The Mayor of London Boris Johnson's Olympic Legacy Programme, with one of its main objectives being to teach children who live in the capital to swim before they go off to secondary school.
How does it work?
Delivered by Total Swimming in conjunction with the Amateur Swimming Association, Make a Splash brings the pool to schools and communities across London, constructing a 12m x 6m steel tank swimming pool structure in an area that would usually have little or no access to aquatic facilities.
Working in some of the most underprivileged parts of the city, the programme is innovatively designed so that it encourages people of all ages to swim; from beginners to advanced skill levels, the pool hosts activities, events and lessons over a 12 week period that suit all abilities.
When running directly with schools, Make a Splash enrols pupils on a term-length course that aims to have all children swimming 25m unaided at the end of the term. Bringing the pool to the school eliminates the time and logistical constraints that would usually put a halt on classes.
Swimming lessons that were once an unrealistic ideal become a viable option.
The pool itself is located in a specially heated marquee, complete with dry changing and toilets, giving all the convenience and purpose of a static pool.
So far, Make a Splash has taught over 34,000 children in the London area how to swim, and the figure is constantly on the rise.
At Total Swimming, we are proud to help utilise the Make a Splash campaign, which allows us to use our innovative pool technology to bring swimming to communities across the capital.
Our state-of-the-art temporary pools can be constructed in a massive variety of places, including sports centres, community centres, town centres and of course, schools.