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Don’t Put a Cap on Swimming!

Check out our recent photoshoot featuring St Peters Y3 at Woolston Neighbourhood Hub and Bewsey Lodge Y4 at Bewsey and Dallam Hub, as these young swimmers are helping to raise awareness of the Swim England campaign ‘Don’t Put a Cap on Swimming.

The campaign urges the Government to ensure sustainable pools for everyone and greater access to outdoor swimming opportunities.

Swimming is generating social value of £2.4billion a year, according to newly-released research.

The social value is revealed in Swim England’s latest Value of Swimming report, which outlines how water-based activity continues to make a significant contribution to the physical and mental wellbeing of the nation.

To coincide with the launch of the report, Swim England is launching its ‘Don’t Put a Cap on Swimming’ campaign, calling on the Government to ensure the country has a network of sustainable pools to support all the activities and sports that rely on them, as well as increasing access to outdoor swimming opportunities.

Financial pressures on local councils, increased costs and ageing pools mean many facilities face an uncertain future.

Why? Because swimming isn’t just a sport; it’s a lifesaver! The Value of Swimming report reveals that regular swimming is associated with numerous health benefits, preventing 78,500 cases of ill health in 2022 alone. 💪

💡 Here are some key findings from the report:
🔹 £2.4 billion in social value generated, with £1.6 billion from public leisure facilities.
🔹 Club swimmers report feeling 12% less anxious and 78% more active.
🔹 Around 500,000 people over 75 swim in England annually.
🔹 More than 3.5 million people swim in open water yearly.
🔹 92% of children in England ‘like’ or ‘love’ swimming.
🔹 Around 4.5 million children in England want to swim more.

But it’s not just about numbers; it’s about health, happiness, and a brighter future. Swimming saves lives and brings joy to countless individuals.

Join us in championing the importance of swimming for all!

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