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Prime Minister could be Swimming is the tops
paying a visit to Corby after in Liverpool
being invited to cut the Thousands more people in
ribbon of the Corby East Liverpool are taking part in sport
Midlands Swimming Pool in and physical activity, according to
June. The £20m building is a new survey and swimming is the
one of the grandest civic most popular of all activities. The
projects ever built in the second national Active People
town, and leaders are Survey by Sport England shows
hoping to create a big that an additional 5,139 people
splash by asking Gordon are exercising at least three times
Brown to the official per week compared to the last
opening. Council leader Pat time the research was carried out
SwimFin celebrates
Fawcett said:. “This is a in 2006. The Sport England
marginal seat so we think he survey was carried out before the
1st birthday in style
will be keen to come here, city introduced its ambitious drive
plus he is Scottish and to improve the health and fitness
obviously Corby has strong of the city’s 70,000 over 60s
SwimFin, the swimming aid “The way it has been Scottish connections.” through its Lifestyles Seniors
company is exactly one year old designed means it is also a self programme at the beginning of
and as it celebrates its 1st adjusting buoyancy aid, no need December. They are now entitled
Birthday its success looks likely to inflate, deflate, add or to free use of all 13 city council
to continue. remove additional support. Lifestyles Centres including
In less than 12 months “It works in totally different NEW AND UPDATED swimming pools.
SwimFin has become an over ways for different ages, sizes POOLS MAY BECOME
night ‘trusted’ hit with the UK’s and abilities so it makes it very A PRIORITY
Parents/children, Local versatile and practical. The next three years could Swimming heads period
authorities, swim schools and “Tests prove that because of see more schools and of sporting excellence
retail outlets. its unique applications, children colleges in the UK making Culture secretary Andy Burnham
SwimFin is totally compliant have learnt to swim in a fraction investments in new pools or has said a decade of investment
to International safety standards of the time. upgrading older pools. has set the platform for an
EN 13138 and EN71 and it is to “Basically the way it works on The Department for outstanding period of success
date, the only swimming aid to the front is that the more Children Schools and for British sport over the next
be endorsed by the UK submerged SwimFin is the more Families wants to make the ten years. He said a significant
governing body, the ASA. support it gives, the more of investment in swimming move was the introduction of
It has Patent and trade mark SwimFin that is visible out of the facilities one of its investment free swimming for under-16s and
protection around the world and water the more the children are priorities in the provision of over-65s in England, as well as
sales have travelled as far as swimming for themselves, it better amenities at schools. offering schoolchildren the
Hong Kong, Singapore, becomes a game rather than a While local authority chance to do five hours of sport
Australia and the USA. swimming lesson. Because of its grants are available to part a week. He called upon everyone
Initially designed by a safety features children can fund community and state to get involved as a player,
traditional teacher, it was only wear it all the time and just play. school projects the move is coach or volunteer. “There are
meant for use on young children “It has been said that this is seen to offer the chance to three key elements to achieving
but it has gone on to be what the swimming world has upgrade a large number of sporting success. These are
implemented by adults and been waiting for, for a very long inadequate or outdoor pools. getting the grassroots in shape,
special needs with great results. time, I cant believe it hasn’t Often only part funding is international elite success and
Says SwimFin owner Kevin been thought of already” available and private funding hosting major events. For the
Moseley: ”It is multi stroke added Kevin. is needed as a top up first time in a generation we
functional, a professional piece “Providing all year round have all three elements in
of teaching apparatus with
covers on a number of alignment.”
extremely positive physiological outdoor pools would
benefits. immediately increase the
quality and opportunity for Plymouth pool fall
swimming at schools,” said a behind plan
spokesman. The timetable for building the
£150,000 TO KEEP
The Government is known Olympic sized pool at the Life
to be sympathetic about Centre in Plymouth’s Central Park
investing in schools swimming has fallen behind schedule. A
projects. Its free swimming for planning application for the leisure
children scheme set out its centre is expected to be
Warriors Swim Centre is to be kept open until a new multi-million belief that swimming played submitted nearly eight weeks later
pound complex in Garton Park is ready. Southend council has an important role in the fitness than expected. The Life Centre is
earmarked £150,000 for repairs and maintenance, to keep an of children. expected to have an Olympic
ageing Warriors Swim Centre Pool in Garton Park going until its One estimate is that there sized swimming pool, a diving
£10m replacement opens next year. After that, Warriors is to be are 9,000 pools in the UK pool and pools for children. The
demolished to make way for town centre development. The council education system, many of delay is not expected to affect the
is set to take £150,000 from budgets for the next two financial which are underused or in scheduled opening date of
years to keep the pool open. need of renovation. September 2011.
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