Pools 4 Schools
Pools 4 Schools is Total Swimming's innovative and groundbreaking signature programme that takes mobile swimming pools to schools across England. The concept was first trialed in 2007, and since then has been rolled out at numerous locations in every region of England.
Total Swimming aims through British Gas Pools 4 Schools to address the shocking statistic that 51% of children now leave primary school unable to swim 25 metres unaided, according to research by the ASA, as opposed to 1 in 5 just a few years ago.
This may be for a number of reasons, such as local pool closures; lack of facilities; or prohibitive costs of transport and leisure centre hire. By constructing temporary pools in school buildings (e.g. gyms, sports halls), Total Swimming can bring mobile swimming pools right where they are needed and tackle this problem head on.
After school hours the pools are used for activities at the wider community so that as many people as possible in the local area can benefit from having a temporary pool.
Working in partnership the the ASA, the National Governing Body for swimming, it is a highly credible and effective solution for getting more people, especially in disadvantaged areas, into a pool and enjoying the nation's most popular participation sport.
To learn more about the programme and how it works, have a look at the video below, which features double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington, a British Gas Pools 4 Schools ambassador:
Brtish Gas Pools 4 Schools
Working in partnership with the principal sponsor of British Swimming, since 2009 Total Swimming has delivered the British Gas Pools 4 Schools programme. In this time the pool has visited locations in Ashington, Birmingham, Bristol, Colchester, Coventry, Gosport, Luton, Plymouth, Preston, Redcar, St. Helens and Salford.
One particular highlight was teaching our 10,000th child to swim just over a year after the programme began. This was commemorated with a special event delivered by British swimming legend Mark Foster, which was captured in the video below:
British Gas Pool 4 Schools 2012 - 2013
For 2012 - 2013, the programme continues, with four projects being delivered and each slot lasting for 12 weeks.
Most of the slots are already confirmed, but there are still some opportunities available for getting a pool into your school.
Total Swimming's pools are steel tank which measure 12 metres by 6 metres and are 1 metre deep. This is the optimum size for teaching a primary school class to swim. Total Swimming experts deliver all health and safety provisions, maintenance and we even have a 24hr emergency line to provide complete peace of mind for the hosts. All you need to do is provide us with a suitable site and we’ll do the rest!
The aim of the programme is to teach as many primary school children as possible in each area we visit to swim, as well as reaching out to the wider community by making the pool available for other sessions out of school hours. Each pool is typically in situ for 12 weeks. To ensure high quality tuition, lessons are delivered using ASA Level 2 qualified teachers.
For each project, we also host a celebration event at the pool, with one of our champion swimming ambassadors delivering a special assembly and session in the pool with a group of school children. Our ambassadors include Rebecca Adlington, Mark Foster, Duncan Goodhew, Adam Whitehead, Chris Cook and James Goddard.
We would like the legacy of all our programmes to be a lifetime of enjoyment in swimming, in particular learning a vital skill that can save lives. Our pools have been used to introduce whole communities to swimming, ensuring people of all ages get active and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.
One area that has particularly benefitted from our mobile pool is Aston, Birmingham, where King Edward Playing Fields has hosted the programme on multiple occasions. The video below celebrates the project we did with King Edward VI Aston in 2010 - 2011.
The British Gas Pools 4 Schools programme concludes in Spring 2015 with our final project.
We would like to thank all of the schools that have particpated, either as a host or as a visitor to one of our pools.
If you live in London, you may be interested in our similar Make a Splash programme, which continues to take pools to communities across the capital.