Primary schools in South Bristol had the opportunity to take part in one of three Aquasplash Festivals held across the City this week. This is the first time that Aquaplash festivals have been delivered in Bristol and the events have been a resounding success attended by 220, 8 year old pupils representing 14 local primary schools.
Visit to the Gallery to view some photos from the event at South Bristol Swimming Pool
Aquasplash Festivals are designed to cater for both swimmers and non-swimmers. The Festivals recognise and celebrate the skills achieved in swimming lessons and give young people the opportunity to experience all swimming disciplines in a fun and inclusive environment. The activities include a multi-skill approach to water polo, synchronised swimming, life saving and diving.
The Festivals were organised by a new and innovative partnership including Bristol City Council, Sports & Leisure Management Ltd (SLM who operate the Leisure Centres in partnership with Bristol City Council), the three Bristol School Sports Partnerships and West of England Sport Trust (Wesport) and local swimming clubs and the RNLI. The events were held at Easton Leisure Centre, Bristol South Swimming Pool and Henbury Leisure Centre and were delivered by qualified swim teachers provided by SLM.
Beth Mayman, Senior Competition Manager for Wesport and Aquasplash Event Manager agreed that the festivals were a great success, adding that the events had crucially provided the children with new water confidence. We are really hopeful that these events will encourage them to want to return to the swimming pool.The atmosphere at the event was fun, enjoyable and exciting, with all children being inspired throughout by the high quality swimming teachers. All swimmers will be encouraged to continue their experience by joining local clubs or swimming lessons.
In addition to the new learning experience in the water, the RNLI provided a water and beach safety talk to all children.
The organisers would like to thank the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) for providing funding for the events and SLM for their commitment and time to ensuring the quality of the activities and pool time.
Posted on 07 October 2010,