FUNDED SWIMMING LESSONS FOR children affected by the pandemic


Every child should have the opportunity to learn to swim as part of their national curriculum requirements, however, during the pandemic young people in year groups five and six , didn’t get this opportunity due to pools being closed.

In an effort to bridge the gap, Abbeycroft Leisure, in partnership with Bury St. Edmunds Town Council have developed an initiative to give children in those affected year groups, who live in Bury St Edmunds, the opportunity to gain this important life skill for free by funding beginners’ swimming crash courses.

Following the Swim England Learn to Swim pathway, the children will be taught as part of our Swim Academy in a safe, supported environment surrounded by caring and qualified teachers. They will have the confidence to learn the skills they need with children of their own age group.

The funded swimming lessons run as a 1-week course, between 8-26 August.
Lessons will take place Monday to Friday, either 15:00-15:30 or 15:30-16:00.
Children must live in a Bury St Edmunds postcode, be non swimmers and aged 11+.

Complete the form below to allow us to get back to you for booking purposes.

Bury St Edmunds TC

Benefits of learning to swim

Anyone can drown in as little as 2cm of water, and drowning is one of the most common causes of accidental death in children. By learning to swim – they will:-

  • Develop a life skill which could one day save their life
  • Build their stamina and bring them positive health benefits
  • Gain the opportunity to take part in other sports, such as kayaking or water polo
  • Improve their social skills and confidence
  • Be able to have fun in a safe and secure environment
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