We’re really excited to share with you Vivify’s new joint venture with National children’s swimming provider, Total Swimming Academies. The brainchild of Olympic medallist Steve Parry, Total Swimming Academies aim to ensure children from all backgrounds are given the opportunity to learn to swim.
Together, Vivify and Total Swimming Academies want to unlock the true potential of school swimming pools nationwide, after it was revealed that more than one million children will leave primary school by 2025 unable to swim a length. Sadly, this crisis is set to grow unless help steps in, with current figures suggesting that as many as one in five pools will never fully reopen again as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, predominantly due to spiralling maintenance costs.
Earlier this year, Total Swimming Academies launched its School Pool Legacy Fund, through which it appealed for 600 school pools to remain open post-pandemic, and pledged a lifeline £1m fund in support.
By joining forces with Total Swimming Academies, we will be able to provide schools with a world-class Olympian-led swimming programme for their pool, which offer a low pupil to teacher ratio of 1:6.. Added benefits are the option of a teacher training bursary for a number of school students to train as swimming teachers and the programme can even involve curriculum swimming lessons for their pupils.
This partnership will not only generate essential income to keep their pool open, but it will allow them to play a pivotal role in the local community.
Not only is swimming an essential life skill but group classes and exercise are vital for mental health and wellbeing. As we all know, feelings of loneliness and mental health problems are at an all-time high due to the pandemic and we truly believe our partnership can have a positive impact on the welfare of people in the community.
Everyone here at Vivify is immensely proud to be working alongside Steve and the whole of Total Swimming Academies to change the lives of children and communities across the nation. We can’t wait to update you on what’s next.
For more information on the amazing things Total Swimming Academies are achieving visit https://www.totalswimming.co.uk/ and don’t forget to keep up to Vivify’s latest news by following us on social media using the links below.