The first year of our Swim Success programme came to an end on March 31st 2017, and we are delighted to report that such was the success, we have launched year two with additional plans already in place to extend the support network for non-swimming children in the area.
Launched in April 2016, LAL's programme replaced the Scottish Government funded ‘Top Up Swimming Lessons’ programme when funding was ended. The programme follows the Scottish Swimming Triple S standard and is run in partnership with local independent business, Perthshire Flooring, who has funded this unique opportunity ensuring LAL can continue to support children and families who require additional help with the essential life skill of swimming.
The sponsorship provided by Perthshire Flooring provided an additional block of free swimming lessons out-with school hours and resulted in an additional 68 children of primary school age taking up the offer. Those completing the block can now swim to Scottish Swimming Triple S Standard or have improved their confidence in the water. As well as this, all participants were given a Live Active Card, free swimming sessions for their family, information and advice.
Perthshire Flooring is owned by husband and wife team, Garry and Julie Cumming who have made the commitment to sponsor the programme for a second year. Julie's relationship with LAL is long-established, with years as a casual class instructor at Live Active Rodney behind her. Having such a well-known, fitness ambassador working with the programme has been fantastic and we are proud to continue our work with her during 2017/18.
Julie commented, “We have been thrilled to be involved in such a forward thinking programme and as both business owners in the area and parents ourselves, we feel this offers a great opportunity to give something back to our customers and the people of Perth and Kinross. We’re delighted to be supporting Live Active Leisure for another year and look forward to seeing even more great results.”
Gill McShea, Partnership and Funding Manager for LAL commented, “Julie is passionate about exercise and has become a proactive ambassador for the Swim Success programme as well as a funding partner. To be in a position to continue to further support primary school aged children who cannot swim 25 metres is fantastic.”
As well as continuing with the Swim Success programme, this new partnership will also see parents and nursery aged children being targeted as part of LAL’s Active Beginnings programme to allow early interaction and encouragement to start swimming from a young age.
LAL is believed to be the only Sports and Fitness Trust in Scotland who have developed a solution to replace the Top-Up Swimming Lesson's programme.