Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Deaf-Friendly swimming in Scotland set to continue

"“We hope this project will empower deaf young people to achieve coaching qualifications and inspire their peers and future generations.” Eleanor Connelly, NDSC

Young deaf swimmers in Scotland will continue to enjoy the benefits of the Deaf-Friendly Swimming project for a further two years, thanks to additional funding.

The programme, funded by Big Lottery - Young Start, aims to support deaf young people and their families, helping them to access aquatics. Eleanor Connelly, Swimming Development Officer for Scotland at the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS), said: “We hope this project will empower deaf young people to achieve coaching qualifications and inspire their peers and future generations.”

Deaf-Friendly Swimming covers all aquatic disciplines including swimming, water polo, diving, surfing and open water. In the first two years a total of 938 people took part in the project or used its services.

As part of the scheme the NDSC will hold taster days, family events and pool parties, workshops and a coach bursary scheme. Learn to Swim sessions will also be delivered, in partnership with Scottish Water and Scottish Swimming.

The project made a flying start last week with a consultation at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow, with local Deaflympic medal winners Shiona McClafferty and Jack McComish in attendance, as well as John Mason MSP. 11 deaf young people engaged in a discussion about what’s important to them. Later the kids and their families got the chance to make a splash in a pool party, and tested the latest technology on board the project’s roadshow bus.

Ms Connelly added: “We are absolutely delighted that we have received funding for the Deaf-Friendly Swimming project to continue in Scotland for a further two years.”

You can find a Deaf-Friendly swimming pool near you by clicking here: http://www.ndcs.org.uk/me2/are_you_an_organisation/sports/swimming/swimming_lessons.html

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