Olympian Mark Foster Joins Manchester Children For The UK's First Big Splash Aquasplash Festival!
Children from five Manchester primary schools were given a once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with Olympic Swimmer Mark Foster to celebrate the launch of the Big Splash Aquasplash Festival.
Mark joined 80 children in the pool at the Manchester Aquatics Centre on Tuesday 31 January to take part in the UK’s first Big Splash Aquasplash Festival. Developed by experts at the ASA, the Big Splash Aquasplash Festival is a national aquatic competition for primary schools.
East of England pupil named UK Student of the YearFive times Olympic swimmer Mark Foster, said: “With 2012 Olympic fever on the rise, the Big Splash Aquasplash Festival offers young people the opportunity to take part in competitive swimming. It’s a great way to give children a taste of what an Olympic experience is all about and who knows some of them could go on to be our Olympic stars of the future.”
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Jon Glen, Head of Learn to Swim and Young People, said “The Big Splash Aquasplash Festival provides an aquatic competitive experience for primary aged school children. In the lead up to 2012 and the successful legacy years, this competition encourages young people to follow the Olympic and Paralympic values, such as working as a team, respecting others, promoting team play and being the best they can.”
Teacher Amanda Potter from Lancasterian School for special educational needs, in Manchester, said: “It’s not every day that the children have the opportunity to swim with an Olympic swimmer in an Olympic pool. It’s been a fantastic experience for everyone taking part and the children have absolutely loved taking part in the activities.”
Schools up and down the country have access to a range of online resources to enable swimming teachers to deliver eight fun and inclusive competitive activities, which cover skills across all aquatic disciplines and lifesaving.
As part of the Big Splash campaign to get the nation swimming, schools can record their Big Splash Aquasplash Festival scores into a national leader board at www.bigsplash.co.uk/aquasplash.
The winning school at the end of this academic year will have the chance to meet their Olympic and Paralympic heroes at the Kellogg’s Swimtastic Awards, the ASA’s celebration of swimming, taking place later this year.
For more information please visit www.bigsplash.co.uk/aquasplash
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