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13/06/13 10:00

Making a splash

Extended investment in children’s swimming programme

A free swimming lesson programme for children in Scotland is benefitting from further investment of £500,000 from the Scottish Government.

The Top Up swimming programme, which is managed by sportscotland and supported by Scottish Swimming, aims to improve the opportunities for children to learn to swim before they leave primary school, contributing to the increasing number of children who can swim.

So far, around 14,400 children across Scotland have been supported by the Top Up Programme, with investment of £1.2 million from the Scottish Government since the programme began in 2010.

The funding will go to local authorities, who will then decide how best to design services in their area of supplement existing provision. sportscotland will then work with Scottish Swimming to help support implementation.

Speaking from the Scottish Swimming Scottish Gas National Open Championships in Glasgow, Ms Robison said:

“To give children the healthiest start in life and help guard against the risk of problems later in life, it’s recommended that youngsters participate in 60 minutes of exercise a day.

“Swimming is one of the best forms of physical activity and it also gives young people confidence in the water, and most importantly, swimming can be great fun.

“That’s why we are continuing to invest in the Top Up swimming programme, we want to give children the opportunity to learn to swim, a skill that they can take with them to adult life.

“With the Commonwealth Games just over a year away, we want to make sure that we can leave a lasting legacy by building on the good work already done in schools. The Top Up programme will give every child the opportunity to learn to swim, whether it’s in their school or local community.”

Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland, said:

“It is excellent news that the Top Up swimming programme is being extended as it helps provide our children with vital life skills while taking part in an active healthy lifestyle. The Glasgow Games is giving us the opportunity to deliver more and better opportunities for our communities to take part in sport and physical activity, and this an important component towards achieving that objective.”

Background

Each local authority will decide how best to design services in their area or supplement existing provision and submit detailed plans to sportscotland who are working in partnership with Scottish Swimming to help support implementation.

Notes to editors

Each local authority will decide how best to design services in their area or supplement existing provision and submit detailed plans to sportscotland who are working in partnership with Scottish Swimming to help support implementation.

Information on top up: http://www.scottishswimming.com/just-add-water/page_top-up.html