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Swimming: Low Incomes

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funds (a) the Amateur Swimming Association and (b) Sport England provide for (i) the teaching of basic swimming and (ii) increasing swimming participation among people on low incomes. (245726)

The Government are committed to increasing participation in swimming, as demonstrated by their £140 million investment in the Free Swimming Programme, an element of which will be to provide free swimming lessons.

Increasing overall participation in swimming is also one of the key aims of the Amateur Swimming Association’s (ASA) Strategic Plan 2005-09, to which Sport England has contributed in excess of £9 million of whole sport plan funding.

Sport England awarded £3 million to the ASA to support its ‘Everyday Swim’ project during 2006-08. ‘Everyday Swim’ is a national project, operating at a number of sites across England, which has the aim of improving people’s experience of using public pools and so delivering a sustained increase in participation, including people on low incomes.