Olympian Melanie Marshall Makes a Splash at Richmond School

A temporary swimming pool has been built at a school in Richmond with the aim of teaching over 1,000 people to swim and improve their skills in the water this winter. 

The pool was built at Grey Court School in Ham by Total Swimming as part of the Mayor of London’s Make a Splash initiative, which is taking mobile swimming pools to communities all across London.

On 5th February, the pool will be officially launched by one of the UK’s most prolific swimming medallists, Melanie Marshall. 

Melanie, who represented Great Britain at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, said: “I’m really excited to be in Richmond at this fantastic temporary pool. It’s a really impressive facility which will make a big difference to the community. 

“Swimming is an extremely important life skill. I would like to encourage the local community to enjoy the pool at Grey Court School to enjoy the pool.”

Make a Splash is part of the Mayor of London’s wider sports legacy programme, which aims to create inspiring opportunities for Londoners to participate in sport as a legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is sponsored by British Gas, the ASA and Thames Water. 

The project at Grey Court School is also supported by Pro-Active South London.

Maggie Bailey, the Head Teacher said: ‘The Grey Court School Make a Splash Swimming Programme has provided a fantastic opportunity for our students, local primary  school students and the local community to engage in high quality swimming tuition. The standard of teaching provided through the project has been outstanding and the sheer levels of enjoyment reflected in the faces of the young people who have been involved in the project.’ 

‘The over subscription of the Make a Splash Pool has shown that there is a need for a permanent high class swimming facility on the Grey Court School site and we hope that the success of this project will enable us to secure the requisite funding and support to make this a reality. Thank you to the Make a Splash Team for giving us a taste of things to come!’

The 12x6m covered and heated pool was built and is managed by Total Swimming. It will remain at Grey Court School until 28th March 2013.

During weekdays the pool is used for school swimming lessons, but is open to the whole community after school and on Saturday mornings. There will also be week-long intensive courses available during the half term holidays, commencing 13th February. Sessions are just £2 each. 

It is anticipated that over 1,000 people will use the pool while it is in Richmond.

For more information about the project at grey Court School click here.