Olympic funding helps disabled swim group

Children with diabilities are given swimming classes thanks to an Olympic grant at St Annes swimming pool
Children with diabilities are given swimming classes thanks to an Olympic grant at St Annes swimming pool
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DISABLED water babies have been enjoying new swimming and sensory equipment thanks to Olympic legacy funding

Fylde Sharks Swimming Club has recently received a £6,185 grant and mentor support from Games charity Sported, to improve swimming classes for young people with physical and learning disabilities.

The club has used the money to buy new equipment and train up volunteers so more children can enjoy lessons.

Club secretary Helen Jenkins said: “It’s a unique class as we do one-to-one lessons, and the support from Sported has been fantastic. It will benefit us and help our volunteers too.

“We’ve used the money to upscale our volunteers and buy new equipment for classes. We’re now looking for more kids to come to lessons, we can cater for all disabilities and swimming abilities.”

Fylde Sharks offers swimming lessons to improve children’s confidence and social skills. It also looks to reduce social isolation for children with disabilities by offering them a safe and welcoming environment.

Its 11 volunteers currently work with more than 40 children and families.

Mrs Jenkins hopes the funding will help the club grow further. With the help of volunteer mentor Jennifer Walmsley, a freelance business consultant, the group has also set objectives for development in line with the aims of the Olympic legacy.

Rehana Koser, North West regional manager for Sported, said: “This is an excellent project which helps make swimming accessible to disabled young people, alongside developing their confidence and social skills, and helping to reduce their social isolation.”

One-to-one half-hour lessons take place fortnightly. Saturday sessions are run at St Annes swimming pool between 3.30-5.30pm.

Sunday sessions take place between 3.30-5.30pm at Kirkham Rural Splash pool.

For more information, visit: www.fyldesharks.co.uk.