I #LoveSwimming says North Thanet MP
July 10th 2019
Sir Roger Gale, Member of Parliament for North Thanet, has backed a nationwide campaign to encourage more people to enjoy the many health and social benefits of swimming.
The Swim England-led #LoveSwimming campaign has so far featured case studies which show how a trip to the pool can bring families together, help escape the stresses of a busy live and aid a range of medical conditions.
According to Swim England statistics, 81 per cent of people aged over 11 can swim and more than 7,000,000 go swimming every week – making it one of the most popular participation sports in the UK.
And the number of women, older adults and people with disabilities or long-term health conditions actively swimming has also increased, according to research from Sport England’s Active Lives survey.
Swim England CEO Jane Nickerson said: “2019 marks our 150th anniversary and as part of the celebrations we want even more people to be able to enjoy the water and all the benefits that being active in the water brings with it.
“Working with our partners, the #LoveSwimming campaign is a great way of highlighting how much fun the water can offer. We’re very grateful to Sir Roger for his support.”
The first phase of the #LoveSwimming campaign delivered by Swim England, the national governing body for swimming, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming, was in partnership with 1 Life, Active Nation, Active Lifestyle Centres managed by Circadian Trust, Everyone Active, Freedom Leisure, GLL, Gateshead Council, Leicester City Council, Nottingham City Council, Nuffield Heath, Places for People and Serco.
Sir Roger said: “I was delighted to join with Swim England to share why I #LoveSwimming.
“Being active in the water can be great for people’s physical and mental health and I would encourage my constituents of all ages to head down to the pool and take part in aquatic activities.”
To find your nearest pool, visit https://www.swimming.org/poolfinder/