Young swimmers set for a boost

SWIMMING: Swimming for Suffolk youngsters could be set for a massive improvement if government intentions make their mark.An official announcement will be made today by ministers which will outline new measures to increase swimming opportunities for children.

By Debbie Watson

SWIMMING

SWIMMING for Suffolk youngsters could be set for a massive improvement if government intentions make their mark.

An official announcement will be made today by ministers which will outline new measures to increase swimming opportunities for children.


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Among the initiatives, schools minister Catherine Ashton is said to be planning to launch an interactive water safety website for pupils, teachers and parents.

Joining the minister to make tomorrow's announcement will be the world's fastest man in water – Mark Foster – and pupils from primary schools in the London borough of Newham.

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Foster, who started his impressive swimming career learning to swim at school, is keen to be involved and give young people some tips in the water.

"It's so important young people can learn to swim and where better than at school.

"I swim fast to win competitions worldwide, but I never forget that the sport is there for everybody, any age, any ability. I learnt to swim at my school. I was lucky. I want more kids to have that same opportunity."

Following an Ofsted report into school swimming two years ago, a swimming advisory group was formed to examine swimming provision.

Suffolk youngsters have already experienced a boost in early swimming experiences, thanks to the latest Active Sport programme.

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