The one mile open water swim is the culmination of months of dedicated training from a group who, prior to the challenge, were either inexperienced and unconfident in the water, or had never learned to swim at all.
To help inspire young people to get involved in swimming, former Blue Peter presenter Andy Akinwolere teamed up with The Swimming Trust, Speedo and Swim Dem Crew to create the Swim Dem Swim Challenge. The project is being sponsored by Clive Barford Ltd, one of The Swimming Trust’s most loyal supporters. Continue reading
Rubina Ismail from Kirklees is part way through a Swimming Trust and Kirklees Active Leisure funded five-week coaching course that will enable her to offer increased support to a culturally inclusive swimming project at Batley Baths recreation centre.
The Batley Baths Swimming Project, which was recently nominated for the Sport England Community Sports Project award, aims to encourage more women from the Asian community to take part in swimming in a safe and culturally accepting environment. The swimming sessions at Batley Baths have been specially set up to make sure the ladies feel comfortable and their cultural needs are met – sessions are led by a female member of staff, the centre is closed to men 15 minutes before and after the sessions, and the pool is closed off from public visibility.
The project has been growing since it began a year ago and has enabled women who previously felt excluded from community swimming due to cultural and language barriers to become confident swimmers.
The Swimming Trust and the ASA are supporting a new initiative inspiring youngsters from the east end of London to learn to swim and take on the challenge of swimming a mile in open water.
Fifteen young adults have been chosen to take part in the Swim Dem Swim Challenge which will culminate in the participants taking part in the Great Manchester Swim on 4 July 2015.
The participants are being taught to swim at Mile End Leisure Centre in a series of intensive training sessions by fully qualified instructors. The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust is also providing the candidates with sessions on motivation, teamwork, goal setting and leadership.
“We want to encourage the next generation of swimmers to come forward” – Andy Akinwolere The idea for the challenge was put forward by one of The Swimming Trust’s ambassadors, Andy Akinwolere. Andy only learned how to swim himself a few years ago and is passionate about offering inner city youth and ethnic minorities the opportunity to learn to swim. He has teamed up with The Swimming Trust and recruited members from the Swim Dem Crew, to take on this personal challenge. Continue reading