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Free Learn to Swim Lessons with Scarborough Swimming Club and Harbour Bar

Scarborough Swimming Club and the Harbour Bar, Foreshore Road have teamed up to launch a brand new Learn to Swim Programme which will create free swimming lessons for children of the town. The partnership will promote the internationally recognised campaign 'stay safe in water and prevent drowning'.

In June 2018, after 125 years of teaching children and adults of the town to swim, Scarborough Swimming Club were no longer allowed to continue with these valuable life skills and have had to cease their Learn to Swim Programme. This being the direct result of a contractual agreement made between Scarborough Borough Council and their chosen leisure facilities partner Everyone Active.

After many meetings with both the Council and Everyone Active, without success of reversal or any compromise, Scarborough Swimming Club have now made positive changes towards returning to delivering comprehensive Learn to Swim lessons.

From March 2019 and in partnership with Julian Alonzi of Scarborough's famous Harbour Bar, a new programme of 'Free Lessons' will commence for a group of youngsters from the town. The sessions will run every Tuesday between 5pm and 6pm at Braeburn Primary School indoor pool and will be overseen by learn to swim team leader Sarah Harvey. The free lessons will be delivered by volunteers of the club, attended poolside by a fully qualified lifeguard.

Scarborough Swimming Club have always held a highly active role within the town and teaching children to swim has been at the forefront, with many top swimmers benefiting from their structured programmes. The new partnership with the Harbour Bar will also highlight the importance of safety when near water, to recognise danger and avoid accidents when in water, alongside the crucial benefits of being able to swim.

Club spokesperson Neil Heaton said " We all found it very difficult to understand why a Council decision should be allowed to prevent parents and children from being given the choice to who provides their swimming lessons. It cannot be a good thing to eliminate choice. The club's committee have now focused on moving forward and the free learn to swim lessons are a token of Scarborough Swimming Club's commitment to the sport. We are a community club with nearly 200 members and will always make provision for children to be safe in water and we will continue to promote the sport of swimming both competitively and for leisure. This is a great opportunity for children to learn to swim with expert tuition and without any cost. I would like to thank the Harbour Bar and Club's Executive Committee for their support with this decision."

A few places are still available to children who live in the town or surrounding areas and are in full-time Primary education. Anyone who wishes to join can pick up an application form from Braeburn Pool any Tuesday evening between 5pm-6pm or from the Swimming Club desk on Thursday evenings at the Leisure Village. Upon completion of the free learn to swim courses on offer, all participants will automatically become Scarborough Swimming Club members and will benefit from opportunities which are available through club swimming.

Parents have now set up a fundraising team to help cover the cost of pool hire and the lifeguard. The group will encourage all new parents to get involved at an early stage and understand how a club environment will help their children to be safe in water. Also, a just giving page has been created for anyone who wishes to help with the costs involved. All donations will help Scarborough Swimming Club continue to provide a positive pathway and will directly benefit Scarborough children to keep themselves safe in water by being able to swim.

The donation page can be found at Justgiving.com (then search) Scarborough Swimming Club or https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/scarboroughswimmingclub?utm_id=2&utm_term=DgaAWd43z

The Club offers many pathways into the sport and anyone who already is a swimmer and wishes to join the club are welcome to attend any Thursday evening between 6pm and 9pm in the Everyone Active pool at the Leisure Village for a free trial.

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