Make a Splash comes to Feltham this summer

Total Swimming were proud to unveil our latest Make a Splash project in Feltham that will run over the summer.

Olympian Tom Haffield officially opened the Make a Splash  temporary pool set up in the grounds of Southville Nursery and Infant School.

The opening saw pupils from the school take part in an inspiring swimming lesson with the Olympian and former Commonwealth champion.

Since the pool opened 18 April 2016,over 1,100 pupils, adults and local families have enjoyed using the facility, which offers swimming lessons for adults and children from just £1.

The pool is part of the Make a Splash programme, which is run by Total Swimming and supported by the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association). Local funding has been provided by the school and Hounslow Council. The programme encourages children who may not otherwise have the opportunity to get involved and give swimming a go.

Now in its seventh year, the programme is a key part of the Mayor of London’s £25m Sports Legacy Fund which was set up to help encourage more people to get involved in sport in the capital. The programme is also sponsored by Thames Water, who provide water for all of the pools.

Councillor Ed Mayne, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Leisure, Hounslow Council, said: “This is a great facility for the pupils, who get the chance to get involved in a sport such as swimming along with their families.

“This opportunity means we can encourage more of our young people not only take up swimming on a regular basis but have an interest in all sports, so they can look to enjoy a healthier and active lifestyle.”

The Head Teacher, Joanne Lacey at Southville Nursery and Infants said said “We are really excited to be able to host the pool this summer. It’s a great opportunity for children and young people to improve their swimming ability.”

The Head Teacher, John Norton at Southville Juniors said “This provides a fantastic opportunity for children and our school community.  We are very excited about having the pool at school.”

The Head Teacher, Joanne Lacey at Southville Nursery and Infants said “Make A Splash is proving to be an incredible experience for our children. We have been amazed by the progress the children have made in such a short space of time, particularly in terms of their confidence in the water.  The children are simply loving their swimming lessons, and we are very grateful Total Swimming who have provided this opportunity, and also to London Borough of Hounslow for their financial support.  The only downside to this entire project is that we will have to say goodbye to our pool – we would have loved to keep it!”