New programme for local swimmers
PUBLISHED: 15:30 05 February 2016
Swim London looks to make most of European Aquatics Championships later this year
With less than 100 days to go until the European Aquatics Championships at the Olympic Park, a new programme hopes to boost participation numbers in the sport within the local area.
Swim London 2016 will offer those living in communities close to the iconic London Aquatics Centre the opportunity to learn how to swim.
Those taking part in the programme will also take part in a team event that will be held during the Championships later this year.
Residents of Newham and Tower Hamlets aged 18 and over are being encouraged to sign up to the project that aims to reduce the 21 per cent of people in England who are unable to swim.
Three 12-week swimming courses will be held in each area and everyone who takes part will be encouraged to learn as a group and support one another, and those who sign up to the first course will also have the opportunity to train towards participating in a special team relay.
“We are delighted to launch Swim London 2016 with exactly 100 days to go to the European Aquatics Championships,” said Tom Chambers, CEO of the Championships.
“The London Aquatics Centre is at the heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and we want the Championships to touch as many people local to the venue as possible.
“Swim London 2016 offers a unique opportunity for people to take part in the historic event and also an opportunity to make friends that we hope will last a lifetime.
“Grass roots and providing a wider social experience is key to Swim London 2016 and we are looking forward to seeing the project grow.”