Our latest Make a Splash Opening - Chessington Community College

Olympian Adam Whitehead attended the official opening of a temporary pool set up on the grounds of The Chessington Sports Centre to provide swimming support to the local community and to the pupils and the neighbouring Chessington Community College.

The visit, which took place today (7 July 2016), saw pupils from the school take part in an inspiring swimming session with Olympian Adam Whitehead.


Since the pool opened on 31 May 2016,over 600 school pupils, local adults and 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), and 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.

Stephanie White from Chessington Sports Centre said “Make a Splash is proving to be an incredible experience for our local community. We have been amazed by the popularity of the lessons.”

Sue Gregory-Johnson, Sports & Leisure Commissioner at Kingston Council said, "The Make a Splash programme has allowed us to engage with over 500 participants who wouldn't of necessarily had the opportunity to learn to swim otherwise. We wanted to take the swimming pool into the community and get our residents active and teach them a life skill of being able to swim.”

“We hope once the programme has come to an end, that our residents will feel confident and encouraged enough to visit our existing swimming pools at Malden Centre and Kingfisher Leisure Centre. We are working with our current leisure operator, Places for People Leisure who will be at the temporary pool site in August to offer swim day passes and family swims."

Jon Glenn, ASA Head of Learn to Swim, said: “Swimming is one of the easiest, safest forms of exercise for children of all abilities, and school swimming is the single most effective way of teaching children how to be safe in and around water.

“The Make a Splash project is invaluable in providing facilities that not only help schools to teach children this life-saving skill but also gives families the opportunity to enjoy this fun activity together.”

Neil Richardson, Head of Pools at Total Swimming, said: “Total Swimming are really pleased that we are at The Chessington Sports Centre for our seventh pool build of the 2015-2017 programme. Make a Splash is having a great impact on communities across London and we have already had over 6,000 individual swimmers take part since April 2015”

The pool is available at Chessington Sports Centre, Garrison Lane, Chessington, Surrey, KT9 2JS, until 25 August 2016. For more information or to book lessons, visit www.totalswimming.co.uk/make-a-splash or call 0161 764 2224