Children Learn to Swim in Temporary Pool in 2012 Legacy Bid; Making a Splash: Schoolchildren in the Pool at the Lilian Baylis School in Lambeth

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Children Learn to Swim in Temporary Pool in 2012 Legacy Bid; Making a Splash: Schoolchildren in the Pool at the Lilian Baylis School in Lambeth


Byline: MATTHEW BEARD

UP to 1,000 schoolchildren are being taught to swim in a temporary pool under a scheme to deliver a legacy from the London Olympics.

Local schools will get free use of the 12-metre teaching pool at the Lilian Baylis school in Lambeth over the next six weeks. The 0.9m-deep pool, similar to a leisure centre teaching pool, was built in the school's sports hall and filled with 65,000 litres of water in four days just in time for the start of term.

Among the first classes were pupils from Vauxhall primary school, including some who had never been in a swimming pool before.

Before coming to London, the pool toured the country and was used in schools in Birmingham, Sheffield and Manchester. It is part of a Pools In Schools initiative with Olympic bronze medallist Steve Parry which is sponsored by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Ministers backed the scheme after many schools struggled to find a way to meet the national curriculum target of swimming 25 metres by the age of 12. …

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