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Team GB Synchro Stars Inspire Newham Kids at Latest Make a Splash Launch

Thursday 18 October 2012 at 16:33


Newham youngsters are being urged to take the plunge as part of a major new project to encourage swimming in the borough.
A temporary mobile swimming pool has been installed in the playground at Hallsville Primary School, Radland Road, Canning Town.
The 12 x 6m pool has been provided by Make a Splash as part of the Mayor of London’s Sports Legacy Fund. The programme is also sponsored by British Gas, the ASA and Thames Water.
Today, two of Team GB’s synchronised swimming stars will give the pool their seal of approval.
Katie Dawkins and Katie Skelton, part of the squad which placed sixth at the London 2012 Games, will inspire the children with a special assembly and show off some of their skills in the pool.
Dawkins said: “It’s great to come to Newham to see this fantastic temporary pool. It’s a really impressive facility which will make a big difference to the community. 
“Swimming is an extremely important life skill to learn and it’s also great fun. I’d like to encourage everyone to come down to Hallsville Primary School to enjoy the pool while it’s here.” 
The pool will remain there for three months providing the school with swimming lessons.  The local community can also participate in lessons and other swimming sessions for £2 each. The pool has been brought to Newham thanks to funding from Newham Council, Pro-Active East London and the Pears Foundation.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:  "This fantastic mobile swimming pool is part of my ongoing aim to deliver a long lasting sporting legacy from the Games and so it's great news that it has now arrived at Hallsville Primary School in the host borough of Newham. Now is a perfect time to build on the momentum of our golden summer, helping Londoners of all ages and abilities to get involved in sport. 
“We've all been inspired by the awesome performances of Team GB, so I urge people in Newham to make the most of this great pool and take the plunge themselves."
Make a Splash is delivered by swimming business Total Swimming, which was set up by Olympic medallist Steve Parry. It is overseeing 12 projects in boroughs across London between 2011 and 2013, with the aim of getting thousands more swimming after this year’s Games.
Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, said: “The Olympics and Paralympics have been incredible and we’re very proud to have been the biggest host borough. 
“We have supported the Games through initiatives like free swimming for our residents - we were the first borough in London to introduce this - and Every Child a Sportsperson, which gives all our Year 7 pupils coaching in a sport of their choice. 
“Newham athletes, including Christine Ohuruogu and Mo Farah - who stormed to gold in 10,000m and 5,000m events at London 2012 - have played a key part in the 2012 Games. We made a pledge in our bid to host the Games that we would inspire a generation. We are well under way towards making that pledge a reality.
“Our community has embraced the Olympic spirit so we’re going to make sure they benefit from the Games and build on their enthusiasm.”
British Gas Brand Director, Susie Plume, said: “British Gas is passionate about getting the nation swimming so we’re very excited to be involved with Make a Splash and bringing swimming to the community of Newham. 
“During the first three years of our partnership with British Swimming we have seen the benefits and enjoyment that swimming can bring to communities. I hope that everyone will have a fantastic time in the pool at Hallsville Primary School while it’s there.”
The pool will remain at Hallsville Primary School until 6th December. 
The timetable of community sessions at the pool is available here. Bookings can be made online or by calling Community Swimming on 0844 736 9047.

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