The Olympic gold medallist, Rebecca Adlington, and the Minister for Sport, Helen Grant, are opening the new re-locatable swimming pool at Broad Oak High School in Bury today.
The pool is part of Sport England and Bury Council's I Will If You Will project. It's testing what would help to change the sporting habits of women and girls. What happens in Bury will be studied to help increase the number of women participating in sport across the country.
Hundreds of swimmers will join Paralympic and Olympic heroes in Manchester as part of a drive to get more people into the sport.
Former Stockport swimmers Keri-anne Payne and Liverpool's Steve Parry will be squaring up in the pool as they join members of the public to swim 1000m.
Whilst Paralympic star Claire Cashmore, who has just landed a World Championship relay gold medal in Montreal, will also be taking to the water to swim with local school pupil Kiera Fox, who like Claire was born without a forearm, and who has been mentored by the world-class swimmer for the past 6
months after the youngster was inspired by Claire to learn to swim.
Manchester's female Water Polo team will also be taking on the challenge as a team.
It's part of the SwimBritain scheme which is a four-person team relay event, part of a new programme by British Gas that aims to encourage 500,000 people to swim more regularly by 2015.
Thousands of swimmers found the perfect way to cool off earlier by taking a dip in Salford Quays. Now in its 4th year the Great Manchester Swim is a one mile course from one dock to another. Wetsuits were optional this year because of the soaring temperatures.