Pam Wilkie founded the Club back in 1987 when the need to provide swimming facilities for disabled youngsters became apparent. At that time they generally sat out during conventional sports classes. It is a club funded by subscription and donation and charitable status is currently being explored.
To serve the community by offering a valuable source of instruction in swimming to physically disabled youngsters.
Over the years the Club has provided a great opportunity to a large number of local teenagers who have volunteered to get involved in a community project giving them a chance to help our members, learn valuable life skills such as communication and team working, and provide a step on the way to a Duke of Edinburgh award. Through our links with Splash Academy we offer training to our volunteers to ensure best practice.
Teachers: All our teachers are fully qualified, have been DBS checked and are insured. They are also required to attend Child Protection and Safeguarding workshops on a regular basis. The Club has a designated Child Protection Officer who is up to date with current requirements.
We currently have members with the following physical conditions, some of whom have been recommended by their physio:
Heart defect, Down’s syndrome, hearing and visual impairment, hydrocephalus, hemiplegia, epilepsy, DAMP, global learning delay, cerebral palsy, scoliosis, dyspraxia, pseudoachondriplasia, muscular dystrophy.
Every Tuesday during term time (10 week terms).
The first session is 3.45pm until 4.20pm and the second session is 4.20pm until 4.55pm.
Each lesson of 35 minutes duration includes formal training (stroke improvement, new skills such as jumping in, star floats) and some fun time.
We hold a Fun Gala every summer when members, volunteers and sometimes teachers are split into 3 teams – Red Octopus, Yellow Starfish and Blue Dolphin. Each swimmer receives a medal and points for their team. The winning team has its name engraved on the Pam Wilkie Shield.
The final session of each term is designated FUN FOR ALL. There is no formal teaching and parents/carers/siblings are invited to get into the water alongside our members, taking responsibility for siblings. We run the slide for a few minutes and general mayhem prevails ensuring a fun time is had by all.
Social Events: We enjoy a variety of different activities including going to the Pantomime, Bowling, day at Wicksteed Park, Cinema and enjoy picnics on a beautiful summer’s day in the local park. These events are open to our members and their families, volunteers and staff and are always very well supported. Click here to see our upcoming events.
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