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William backs swimming drive

Prince William has recorded a video message in support of the Amateur Swimming Association's (ASA) vision that every child has the right to learn to swim. An ASA report has found more than half of children aged 7-11 years cannot swim 25 metres.

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Parents 'have a role to play' to encourage kids to swim

Jon Glenn from the Amateur Swimming Association said "parents have a role to play as well" as the schools, when encouraging children to learn to swim.

He said: "If families do not swim, it is unlikely that you will take your families swimming as well because you feel uncomfortable, nervous in and around the water, so starting at an early age is really important.

"Once they've learnt those basic skills once you get to school and you have those lessons you can really pick up the strokes a lot quicker."

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