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South of the Borough community encouraged to ‘Make a Splash’ at pop up swimming pool

The South of the Borough community is set to enjoy a temporary pop up swimming pool this summer to help residents learn how to swim.

The South of the Borough community is set to enjoy a temporary pop up swimming pool this summer to help residents learn how to swim. This has been made possible by joint funding from the Mayor of London and Kingston Council. 

Launching on 31 May and running throughout the summer until 25 August, the swimming pool will be based at Chessington Sports Centre. The initiative is part of the Mayor of London’s ‘Make a Splash’ campaign to get Londoners swimming following on from the Olympics.

At just one metre deep and staffed by swimming teachers, the pool will provide a safe place for members of our local community to build their swimming skills and confidence in the water. 

It will be available exclusively to key stage 2 children in local schools from Monday to Friday between 9am to 4pm to teach them swimming. 

From 4pm to 6pm on weekdays and  Saturdays from 9am to 1pm it will be open to both adults and children alike who can’t swim or are afraid of the water. 

Swimming lessons last 30 minutes, cost £2, and include tuition. Slots can be booked online, or by calling 0161 764 2224.

The mobile pools initiative is being delivered by Total Swimming as part of the Mayor of London's Olympic Legacy programme, in partnership with the Amateur Swimming Association and Thames Water. 

Councillor Andrea Craig, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Sport at Kingston Council, said: 


“We have secured a fantastic £60,000 from the Mayor of London, and have put in an additional £16,000 of Council funds to launch this scheme. I am especially happy that the pool will be dedicated to school children during the day to help them achieve the 25 metres expected at key stage 2 and that it will also run during the summer holidays. It's a fantastic opportunity for the whole community locally to get swim and improve fitness. We are also looking at the interest we get through this scheme to see if there is demand for a permanent pool in the area. 

“If you can’t swim or aren't confident in the water, this is the perfect opportunity to learn. At only one metre deep, £2 for a 30 minute session, and with teachers on hand to help you make that first splash - now is the time you’ve been waiting for. Go on, make the most of the summer.”

Find out more about the Mayor of London’s initiative by visiting www.makeasplashlondon.org