County comes top in swimming survey

CHILDREN in South Northamptonshire have come out on top of a ‘swimming census’ aimed at highlighting the importance of learning to swim at school.

The survey showed 91 per cent of primary school leavers in the area are able to swim 25 metres, the highest success rate in the country.

But this compared to rates as low as 26 per cent elsewhere in the UK, causing the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), the governing body for swimming in England, to produce a manifesto calling for every school child to be able to swim.

The six-point manifesto, produced with Kellogg’s, was presented to members of the three main political parties in Westminster last week.

The 2012 Swimming Census will urge the Government to challenge schools failing to ensure children leave school with a skill that could save lives.

Chief executive of the ASA David Sparkes said: “Swimming is the only subject on the national curriculum that can save your life so it’s essential that Government, schools and parents join us in taking action before we create a generation of non-swimmers.”