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More children are leaving school unable to swim

Children swimming at a pool in Mansfield Photo: ITV News

1 in 3 Primary school children can't swim by the time they leave school according to research done by the Association of Amateur swimmers.

Of those children unable to swim, 39% have never been offered school swimming lessons despite it being a statutory element of the National Curriculum.

This means around 200,000 children will leave primary school this summer unable to swim.

The Amateur Swimming Association will present 'The 2012 School Swim Census' to Westminster, calling for schools to prioritise swimming lessons so every child has the opportunity to learn to swim irrespective of their background.

The mother of Nottinghamshire Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington is supporting the campaign.

Shropshire Council's River Safety Unit has allocated £2,000 of funding to help the Swimming Teachers Association Swim Academy to provide better swimming, life-saving skills and water safety awareness programmes this summer. In the Midlands

  • 80% of people believe swimming should remain on the national curriculum
  • 31% of people are worried that their child would struggle to swim to safety if ever in danger in the water
  • 23% of people think the Olympics and the success of Britain's swimmers such as Rebecca Adlington inspire their children to swim more