Olympic swimming champion makes waves at Chessington’s pop up pool

Olympian Adam Whitehead celebrates with Chessington Community College pupils teachers and Councillors Andrea Craig and Andrew Day

Olympic swimming champion, Adam Whitehouse, treated students at Chessington Community College to a special assembly and free swimming lesson, marking the success of the pop up pool in Chessington.

An impressive 680 people have visited the pool since its launch on 31 May at the Chessington Sports Centre, with 248 bookings in the first 72 hours.

The breaststroke ace visited the school on Thursday 7 July. A tour of the building kicked off the morning of activities for the lucky year seven group, who were joined by Councillors Andrea Craig and Andrew Day, as well as Headteacher, Mr Ash Ali. 

Inspired by Adam’s speech, a group of year sevens took to the water and were given top tips on swimming techniques.

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

“What a wonderful morning - seeing the Year 7 children so transfixed whilst listening to Adam’s Olympic journey, asking questions and getting autographs shows us how engaged they are with sport and role models. When I was a child, David Wilkie, Gold Olympic swimmer and my sporting hero, spoke at an event at the Putney Leisure Centre and that’s what got me really into swimming as a child. I hope that Adam’s assembly did exactly that for the children at Chessington Community College.”

Available exclusively to key stage 2 children in local schools during school hours to teach them how to swim, the pool is open to adults and children alike in the evening and on Saturdays. Sessions are now fully booked, with more sessions potentially being created for the pool’s final month.

This initiative is part of the Mayor of London’s ‘Make a Splash’ campaign to get Londoners swimming following on from the Olympics.

To find out about sports withi the borough, visit our webpage for further information.