MAK­ING A SPLASH:

Mo­bile pool helps young­sters to swim

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

cap­i­tal.”

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

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