Swim stars Adam Peaty, Ellie Simmonds, and Michael Gunning join Speedo and leading swim organisations to campaign for all children to be able to swim 25 metres by 2025

Three of British Swimming’s biggest names have today pledged their support for a campaign which aims to ensure that all children leaving primary school in the UK in 2025 should be able to self-rescue, or swim 25 metres. Triple Olympic gold medal winner Adam Peaty, legendary Paralympian Ellie Simmonds and recently retired international swimmer and campaigner Michael Gunning joined forces with Speedo, the Black Swimming Association, Swim England and Active Black Country, to highlight the growing issue of more and more children being unable to swim. This is informed by Swim England research* showing that one in four children who leave primary school were unable to swim 25 metres. Although swimming is part of the National Curriculum and all primary schools receive funding for swimming lessons, its use is not ring-fenced and therefore at a risk of not being used on this vital life-skill. To avoid this possibility, which puts so many children in danger, Speedo Swim United is calling on the public to pledge their support along with Adam Peaty, Ellie Simmonds and Michael Gunning to sign the Change.org petition (www.change.org/Speedoswimunited) which asks the UK Government to: Ring-fence funding provided to schools for swimming lessons and include this as part of Ofsted inspections to ensure all children leave primary school able to swim. Provide urgent support for swimming pool operators to remain open amid rising energy costs and to enable them to increase pool time for swimming lessons and train new teachers. Invest in community engagement to reach community groups who may face cultural and systemic barriers to swimming. The children unable to swim are also most likely to come from low income, Black and Asian backgrounds. The work of the Black Swimming Association is helping to increase understanding of the social, cultural, practical and economic barriers that these children and their families face, which can inform new programmes that are more effective in helping them learn to swim. Contributors: Adam Peaty – Three-time Olympic Gold medallist

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