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Pool for Preston

The portable pool will be used to give children swimming lessons. Photo: PA Wire

An innovative 12 x 6 metre pool has been built inside Ashton Community Science College, Ashton-on-Ribble, to help improve on the alarming number of children in Preston who are unable to swim.

Currently one in three children in the city do not have this life saving skill.

The pool, will get the official seal of approval today from Olympic bronze medallist, Steve Parry. With the aim of teaching 1,000 school children to swim at the Preston site, the programme was put in place to help local youngsters achieve the National Curriculum target of learning to swim 25m unaided by the time they leave primary school. Parry, alongside fellow Olympian Melanie Marshall, will join the children in a special assembly followed by a world class demonstration in the pool in an attempt to drive the Olympic legacy on into the future.

Over 220 children have been taught to swim at the pool in Preston so far and results have shown that almost 95% of the children who have had use of the pool are now able to swim 25 metres. The pool will remain at the site until May 2013.