We've taught over 40,000 London children to swim!

Between 2009-2017 Total Swimming has been honoured to deliver the Mayor of London’s Make A Splash programme, with 36 modular swimming pools built and 43,398 (mostly young) people having taken advantage of the subsidised sessions from Swim England qualified instructors.

The central supporters of the project were the former Mayor of London, Swim England (the ASA) and Thames Water. The pools and programmes were built, staffed and managed by Total Swimming. School sessions catered mainly for those at Key Stage 2 (7 to 11 year olds) but also from nursery right through to young adults at Sixth Form. Community sessions ranged from family-fun sessions, parent and child lessons, women-only sessions and sessions sensitive to faith-specific needs.

In partnership mostly with local authorities and schools, sessions were delivered either free of charge or at a subsidised £2, encouraging and enabling Londoners from deprived areas to learn to swim and get active.

Each of the 36 projects were provided with a special celebration launch event at which an Olympian delivered an inspiring assembly to the host school, followed by a fun session in the pool with a class of school children.

Becky Adlington, James Goddard, Duncan Goodhew, Adam Whitehead and Sharon Davies all featured at schools across the capital – including through the 2012 London Olympic period. Each of these events received coverage in local press and online, as well as delivering an inspirational, memorable experience for those in attendance.

After 8 years running and some great achievements, we want to say thank you and well done to all those involved in the journey of making this success a reality!

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