Thursday, June 13, 2013

More School Children to Enjoy Swimming

Scottish Swimming are delighted that the Scottish Government will continue to support the National Top Up Swimming Programme with a further investment of £500,000 over a two year period.

This investment builds on the Government’s previous investment of £1.2 million which saw a 6-8% improvement in the number of children able to swim.

With the provision of primary school swimming lessons being a non-statutory requirement in Scotland, delivery of school swimming lessons differs extensively between and even within local authorities. This investment, along with Scottish Swimming’s new school swimming programme, Triple S – Scotland Safe Swimmer, will go a long way in supporting our partners in addressing the challenges around school swimming and meet our vision of ensuring all children can swim.

Forbes Dunlop, Chief Executive Officer at Scottish Swimming, said:

“We are delighted that the Scottish Government has continued support in the National Top Up Swimming Programme.

“Scottish Swimming not only want to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to learn to swim but we also want to support the local authorities and leisure trusts in the delivery of this by providing a quality training and resource based programme and increase the number of children who meet the new National School Swimming Standard, Triple S, and become a Scotland Safe Swimmer.”

Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, said:

“To give children the healthiest start in life and help guard against the risk of problems later in life, it’s recommended that youngsters participate in 60 minutes of exercise a day. 

“Swimming is one of the best forms of physical activity and it also gives young people confidence in the water as well as being a fun way of keeping active, and most importantly, swimming can be great fun. 

“That’s why we are continuing to invest in the Top Up swimming programme, we want to give children the opportunity to learn to swim, a skill that they can take with them to adult life.

“With the Commonwealth Games just over a year away, we want to make sure that we can leave a lasting legacy by building on the good work already done in schools.  The Top Up programme will give every child the opportunity to learn to swim, whether it’s in their school or local community.”

Swimming is a sport for all, a sport for life.  While the Top Up Swimming Programme provides an opportunity to help save a life and enrich the lives of a whole generation, Scottish Swimming strongly believe the provision of swimming lessons should be an entitlement throughout the country and not dependent on where an individual lives.