Splashing out in Merton

Splashing out in Merton

Merton residents made a splash with the official launch of a new mobile swimming pool at Harris Academy, Merton on Tuesday 7 February, joined by special guest and former Olympic swimmer Adam Whitehead.

Merton residents can now take advantage of swimming lessons, mini water polo sessions, women-only sessions and times for all age groups.

The mobile pools are two metre by six metre steel tank pools which are taken to locations across London, providing entire communities with swimming facilities and have been used by over 5,000 swimmers since the initiative started in 2009.

The unique initiative is delivered by Total Swimming, with the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), as part of the Mayor of London’s PlaySport London programme. It aims to get thousands more of the capital’s residents swimming, in the run up to and beyond the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Martin Whelton, cabinet member for community and culture, said: ‘I am delighted that Merton Council has given financial support towards the temporary swimming pool at Harris Academy. With the 2012 London Olympics close at hand, I hope that many local people take advantage of these excellent facilities, along with the activities on offer. Through Make a Splash, I hope more people in the borough will try all the pools in Merton.”

Notes to editors:

The programme plans to deliver 12 projects in boroughs across London between 2011 and 2013, and has delivered six temporary pools in London. Merton Council and Harris Academy, Merton have also provided financial support by donating money towards the project as a whole.

During his competitive career, Adam Whitehead competed for Great Britain at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, won a Commonwealth gold medal in Manchester in 2002 and was a European Champion in 1998.

For more information, please visit: http://www.makeasplashlondon.org

For more information on Merton’s recreational facilities, please visit: http://www.merton.gov.uk/leisure/sport.htm

Press Contact:
Nina Romain, Communications Officer
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 4654