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As Olympics fever takes over and sport is high on the UK’s agenda ministers are being urged to prioritise swimming for primary school children.
A report by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) and Kellogg’s revealed that one in three primary school leavers cannot swim 25m – the required distance set by government. In addition, just over two thirds have never been offered lessons, despite this being a statutory element of the national curriculum.
The organisations have developed a six-point manifesto calling for schools to prioritise swimming lessons so every child has the chan ce to learn to swim, regardless of socioeconomic and ethnic background:
Chief executive of the ASA David Sparkes said swimming helps to encourage children towards a healthy and active lifestyle.
‘It is also the only subject on the national curriculum that can save your life,’ he added.
News: July 2012 | Volume 24 | Number 6