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Question for Department for Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 30734, tabled on 10 March 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people learn to swim.

Answered on

15 March 2016

Swimming is an important life skill and one which we are keen is available to as many people as possible. This is why the Government's new sport and physical activity strategy ‘'Sporting Future: a New Strategy for an Active Nation', (www.gov.uk/government/publications/sporting-future-a-new-strategy-for-an-active-nation) includes a commitment to ensure that every child leaves primary school able to swim.

Swimming is part of the national curriculum and Government are committed to ensuring that all children are able to meet the minimum standard of capability and confidence in swimming. Sport England is developing a number of pilot projects which aim to encourage adults to take up swimming. It is also investing £20 million between 2013-17 in the Amateur Swimming Association and in other projects, such as the innovative ‘This Girl Can Swim', to get more people right across the country swimming. In addition, it has invested over £330 million to create modern, safe and attractive swimming pool facilities in England.