Friday, September 22, 2017 Support our Motion to Parliament "At Scottish Swimming we are passionate about the impact swimming can have on people’s lives. Swimming can make a positive contribution to health, education, community development and inclusion across Scotland. Can I thank all our partners for your continued support and contribution and urge us all to do a little more as we know it will make a big difference." Forbes Dunlop We need your support for a motion that has been put forward to the Scottish Parliament to discuss the benefits of swimming for health, attainment and communities. You can show your support by liking, commenting on, and sharing this news article and the relevant Facebook and Twitter post. On 9th November Scottish Swimming will be hosting a Parliamentary Reception on the theme ‘Everyone Can Swim’. More than 900,000 people in Scotland swim at least once a month and every week over 100,000 children are learning to swim – acquiring a life skill that saves lives and opens up opportunities for adventure and a variety of water sports. Few sports offer the longevity, breadth and opportunities that swimming can. It is a sport that can be participated in regardless of age, ability, background or beliefs and as such delivers a range of lifelong benefits for health, attainment and communities. Health Swimming is keeping the nation active, fit and healthy. From an early age it promotes family fun and parent and child bonding both in the local pool and on holiday. As a gentle form of exercise with weight-bearing properties it supports the inactive to become active and it improves mental health and well-being, reducing stress and relieving tension. No matter if you are 8 months old or 88 years old, swimming offers opportunities for all and makes people feel good. Attainment Swimming is helping to raise attainment, create successful learners and develop confident individuals. Learning to swim builds confidence, raises self-esteem and improves resilience and club swimming instills a strong worth ethic, developing leadership and team-building qualities. Swimming promotes self-belief and builds a positive mindset – essential for achieving one’s full potential in life. Performance swimming creates heroes, produces champions and develops successful adults and volunteering within the sport promotes self-worth, friendships and teaches new skills opening job opportunities as teachers, coaches and life guards. Communities Swimming clubs play a key role in supporting well-being and resilience in communities. They encourage the active to stay active throughout life from age 8 to 80 plus. They offer safe, fun and friendly environments for over 22000 members, providing local communities with a vibrant focus for coach, athlete and volunteer development. Swimming clubs create lifelong participants and local and national heroes, engaging 7000 volunteers who are crucial to the development of swimming in Scotland and providing competitive opportunities that enable young people to develop resilience, persistence and achievement. Forbes Dunlop commented "At Scottish Swimming we are passionate about the impact swimming can have on people’s lives. Swimming can make a positive contribution to health, education, community development and inclusion across Scotland. Can I thank all our partners for your continued support and contribution and urge us all to do a little more as we know it will make a big difference." We are ambitious and want more people to benefit from swimming more often. We would like you to support and get behind our vision ‘Everyone can Swim’ by liking and sharing our post to express your support ahead of the Parliamentary Reception in November. For more information about this article please contact Helen Plank firstname.lastname@example.org Or contact 01786 466464.