A group of children from Greythorn Primary School took on a challenge to show what can be achieved when you aim high.
The National Curriculum advises that children should be able to swim 25m/one length by the time they leave primary school, but seven year six children wanted to take it one step further and swim a mile – that’s a staggering 64 lengths.
David Lloyd, based very close to the school, agreed to support the project and gave access to the children during school time to enable them to train.
Coached by Helen Barnes and swim teacher Emma Mason, incredibly all of the children achieved their mile badges.
General Manager, Ray Burge, said: “It’s great have been given the opportunity to support Helen and the children of Greythorn School.
“It has shown what is possible when children are inspired and given the opportunity.”
Helen Barnes said: “School swimming predominantly focuses on getting non-swimmers swimming and teaching children good technique, which makes sense, but I wanted to offer something more.
“The Flying High Trust, of which Greythorn school is part of, is all about values like aspiration and determination and I wanted to show that with the right support and motivation, kids can achieve incredible things.
“To swim a mile – which is 64 lengths – without stopping is amazing and more than many adults.
“Often kids don’t get the opportunity as swimming lessons are usually just 30 minutes and they need a lot more time than that, so working with David Lloyd West Bridgford I set up this challenge.
“I had help from top swim coach and good friend Emma Mason and trained the children over a five-week period.
“All seven children achieved their mile badge. One had never swam more than 10 continuous lengths before – an outstanding result.
“The children were buzzing. It was a total pleasure to work with them and just so lovely to see the smiles on their faces when they achieved it.”
For the children, it’s an achievement they will never forget.
Abigail Hannan, aged 10, said: “I think Greythorn is great for giving people like me opportunities like this. I feel like I’ve really achieved something amazing.”
All children have been given two-day family guest passes worth approximately £200 each from David Lloyd, West Bridgford.
Pictured: David Lloyd’s general manager Ray Burge with the seven swimmers and head teacher, Sally Macdonald.