MAKING A SPLASH:
Mobile pool helps youngsters to swim
A MOBILE swimming pool has opened in Hillingdon but residents will have less than two months to use it before it moves on.
The temporary facility was unveiled at Harefield Academy in Northwood Way, Harefield, on Friday in the presence of VIP guests including London Mayor Boris Johnson.
It is part of the Make A Splash initiative, which aims to get children more active and has been provided by Hillingdon Council in partnership with the Amateur Swimming Association and Total Swimming.
Hillingdon Council leader Ray Puddifoot, who performed the opening, said: “We are delighted to host Make a Splash for the second time in Hillingdon.
“This is an amazing opportunity for schools and the community to be able to access a new temporary local pool to enhance their swimming abilities as well as their health and well-being.”
Mr Johnson, who is also MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, was on hand to welcome residents to the mobile swimming pool, which will be open until Thursday March 24 before moving to five boroughs over the next 12 months and encouraging more youngsters to take part.
Boris said: “Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise so I am delighted that the Make a Splash campaign is making another tour of duty, starting in Hillingdon.
“The scheme has so far helped 37,000 Londoners of all ages learn to swim and I am sure it will continue to make waves as it travels across the
Make a Splash is part of the Olympic Legacy Programme and aims to teach young Londoners to swim before they go to secondary school. Since 2009, Make a Splash has brought temporary pools to 32 venues across London.
Former Olympic swimmer Adam Whitehead was also at the launch and gave an inspirational talk to pupils, before giving a swimming lesson to a lucky few from the school.
Neil Richardson, Head of Pools at Total Swimming, said: “Make a Splash is having a great impact on communities across London and we have already had over 4,000 individual swimmers take part since April 2015.”
n THUMBS UP: Boris Johnson encourages the children to Make a Splash