Gala to celebrate five years of success with national swimming programme

Young swimmers from Edinburgh’s schools located in areas of deprivation will be taking part in a special gala at the Royal Commonwealth Pool tomorrow (Friday 19 June).

Edinburgh Leisure will host the major gala to celebrate the success of the Scottish Government funded ‘Top-Up’ swim programme which has seen over 7,000 primary school children across the city benefit from additional swim teaching and gain potentially life-saving skills as well as participation in a life-long activity.

The event will involve children from a range of schools across the city identified as being disadvantaged through the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) and having a high number of non-swimmers.

Councillor Paul Godzik, Education Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “The ‘Top Up’ programme is really beneficial as it has given thousands of children across the city extra swimming opportunities they otherwise would not have received. Holding the gala to celebrate its success is a great idea and I am sure everyone taking part will have a fun time.”

Edinburgh Leisure’s Aquatics Development Officer, Marie Kneeshaw, said: “This fantastic event will celebrate the successful partnership work over the last five years between Edinburgh Leisure, Scottish Swimming, the City of Edinburgh's Council's Active Schools team and the specialist swim teachers in schools, which has delivered five years of top-up teaching. It also gives pupils the chance to compete in a swim gala at a national venue – the Royal Commonwealth Pool.”

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