Pop-up pool makes a splash at Netherton school playground

Mike Wood MP, Netherton CofE Primary School's Head Boy and Head Girls and Head Teacher Kathryn Harvey

Primary school children in Netherton take advantage of a pop-up swimming pool initiative which aims to increase the swimming skills of children across the Black Country.

As part of the programme run by Active Black Country, a life-guard and fully qualified swimming teacher have led 45 minute sessions at the pool each day for 5 weeks with children in Years 5 and 6 to help them confidently swim 25m and perform safe self-rescue.

The school, who submitted a bid to Active Black Country to take part in the pilot scheme, said they have found the programme to be thoroughly enjoyable and beneficial to the children with many of the non-swimmers now able to swim at least 5m.

The children were also provided with equipment as part of the programme – including towels, goggles and swimming costumes.

Mike Wood, Member of Parliament for Dudley South, who dropped by to see the pool in action, said: “This initiative has been a great opportunity for the children of Netherton Church of England Primary School, and I am so pleased to see how well this pop-up pool has benefited the students.

“The skills they have learnt through this initiative will be with them throughout their lives. And with under 16s able to swim for free at Dudley Borough leisure centres during school holidays, I really do hope this initiative has helped spark a passion which the children will be able to continue making progress with.”

Headteacher Kathryn Harvey commented: ''Our pop-up pool has been a fabulous addition to our school and our children in Years 5/6 have reaped the benefits. Swimming is an important life skill as well as a health benefit to all - the pupils have had so much fun but most importantly learnt to swim and feel confident in the water. I would not hesitate to recommend this opportunity to other schools''

The initiative has been created through a partnership between Active Black Country and Speedo Swim United after research last year found 1 in 4 children across the UK are leaving primary school unable to swim.


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