Olympic swimmers have a splash at Ashington school’s pool – Video

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ASHINGTON pupils made a splash when they were joined by Olympic gold medalist Duncan Goodhew at their new portable pool.

The swimming star, who won gold at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, appeared at Ashington High School alongside Great Britain junior swimmers Jess Thielmann and Phoebe Lenderyou to mark the return of the British Gas Pools 4 School initiative.

On me head son!......Olympic champion Duncan Goodhew (centre) joined by Great Britain Junior swimmers Phoebe Lenderyou (left) and Jess Thielmann (right) are seen taking part in a British Gas Pools 4 Schools initiative at Ashington High School and they are seen having fun in the water with pupils.

On me head son!......Olympic champion Duncan Goodhew (centre) joined by Great Britain Junior swimmers Phoebe Lenderyou (left) and Jess Thielmann (right) are seen taking part in a British Gas Pools 4 Schools initiative at Ashington High School and they are seen having fun in the water with pupils.

As part of the scheme, the school have been given a temporary pool to provide a range of activities from swimming lessons to mini-polo and aqua-aerobics.

Liz Armstrong, PE and school sport network manager at Ashington High School, said: “The arrival of the pool has created a real buzz around the school.

“The students were very interested to see it being built and are now swimming, playing water polo and learning personal survival skills during PE lessons, at lunch times and after school.

“Many of our students are not strong swimmers and this will give them a very worthwhile opportunity to develop their aquatic skills.

“We are especially excited that the pool has come back during an Olympic year and will support all the sporting activities we will be doing around London 2012 later in the year.”

British Gas Pools 4 Schools takes a special teaching pool around the country and provides free swimming lessons for children in areas where there is limited access to a swimming pool.

Duncan said: “It is scary to think of the number of children in the UK that leave primary school unable to swim.

“The British Gas Pools 4 Schools programme ensure children have the opportunity to learn a vital life skill, improve their fitness and have fun in the water.

“Nationally, more than 30,000 children have been taught to swim through the programme so far.

“I’m really pleased to be supporting such a revolutionary scheme.”

The pool will remain on site until Friday, June 1 and family groups and clubs can book a session by calling Liz on (01670) 812 166 or emailing elizabeth.armstrong@northumberland.gov.uk