Ysgol Trefonnen, Powys, was the first school in Powys to return to swimming lessons in line with the reopening of aquatic facilities in Wales.
The pupils at the school returned to Llandrindod Wells Sports Centre on Thursday (20 May) to receive their first swimming lesson as part of the National Curriculum Swimming Programme.
Whilst Trefonen is the first primary school in Powys to return to swimming lessons, it is also amongst the first across Wales and the wider Freedom Leisure group. This marks a significant occasion for Freedom Leisure who operate over 100 leisure facilities across the UK.
Mrs Jessica Stuart-Lyons, Headteacher - Ysgol Trefonnen, said:
“We are thrilled to be back here in the Freedom Leisure swimming pool at Llandrindod. I think this is an amazing opportunity for the children to have in their primary curriculum and for us to be the first school to be welcomed back here is particularly pleasing. The children have loved their session here this morning so this is the beginning of great things for swimming for us at Ysgol Trefonen”
Hywel Evans, Aquatic Development Manager – Freedom Leisure Powys, added:
“We were really excited to welcome Trefonen Primary School back into the water at Llandrindod as they reactivated their National Curriculum Swimming Programme. This is a really exciting time for us here at Freedom Leisure with Trefonen being the first school in Powys and across the Freedom Leisure group to start back their swimming programme”
Cllr Rachel Powell, Portfolio Holder for Young People, Culture and Leisure – Powys County Council, said:
“Being able to open the doors for school swimming is a positive step forward to resuming those vital recreational activities that we know both children and families’ value. Learning to swim is a basic life skill that cannot be underestimated. There are additional benefits of being in the water, for both body and mind, and I’m sure many young people will appreciate this resource even more than they did before”.
Hanna Guise, National Learn to Swim Manager - Swim Wales, said:
“Since the ending of the second national lockdown and the re-opening of aquatic facilities in Wales, we have been truly inspired by many stories of schools and pupils returning to school swimming. We are delighted for Ysgol Trefonen’s staff and pupils. Getting back to lessons this quickly shows strong leadership and a high level of awareness around the importance of school swimming in the development of our young people in Wales. We count ourselves very lucky to have great facility partners like Freedom Leisure in Wales who continue to support and promote the National Curriculum across their entire estate.
Swim Wales encourage head teachers, parents and guardians across Wales to proactively book their children into lessons with their local learn to swim provider to ensure that the limited access to water over the last year does not have a long term impact on our children and their safety in, on and around water”