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      Penzance SA & WPC PESSCL Project
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    Posted by: Admin  Friday, 13 January, 2006  03:34 PM
    Jim Saulter, Coach reports:

    All local Primary Schools were offered the opportunity of extra Swimming lessons at the end of the Summer term, and also intensive Learn to Swim time for those children who had not reached the National curriculum target of being able to swim 25m unaided.

    The Club also offered time to Nancealverne School which caters for children with a range of disabilities. Seven primary Schools and Nancealverne School were able to accept.

    A timetable was drawn up and pool time booked at St.Clare Pool. Over 120 children attended the sessions which concentrated on basic Butterfly and Sculling skills which are not normally included in the Schools swimming programme. During the sessions with Trythall School and Nancealverne School we also concentrated on integration where possible. Indeed two of the youngsters from Nancealverne School were able to join in with the lesson held in deep water and without assistance.

    These sessions were particularly rewarding especially towards the end of each when all the children joined together in shallow water to work as one unit.

    The daily intensive lessons were extremely successful with 12 of the 16 swimmers achieving the 25m distance by the last day of the sessions.

    Four very experienced qualified Teachers from the club took part and found all sessions not only rewarding but a valuable “Learning tool” as is always the case with new experiences. This was especially true seeing the Staff from Nancealverne working in the water.

    All the Schools staff who attended expressed their appreciation and noted how well the Children had done and how much they had enjoyed themselves.
    One little girl came up to one of our teachers and said “she wished we could teach her all the time”,
    And the parents of one of the youngsters from Nancealverne who had asked if they could come and watch could not believe how well he was doing---and in deep water!!

    At the end of the final session with each School the swimmers were encouraged to join the Swimming club in September at its new home in the Penzance Leisure Centre which opened its doors on August 12th.

    One important aspect is for the Club to try to integrate more swimmers with disabilities. With the Club moving to the new Centre this offers opportunities unavailable before.

    Many thanks to the Teachers who gave their time and in particular to Ruth Trevenen , the course Coordinator for all her time working with the Schools and organising Pool time and we Teachers!!

    Our thanks too for the funding available, enabling the Club to take part in this very worthwhile project. I would recommend any Club given this opportunity to become involved.


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