Kelso in the swim with disability programme

BORDERS Sport and Leisure will introduce a new programme at Kelso swimming pool specially developed for young swimmers with disabilities.

Providing tuition on an individual basis, the Disability Learn to Swim project will offer young people (aged 4-16) the opportunity to learn to swim regardless of physical, learning or sensory impairments. Each individual will be able to develop at their own pace through one-to-one coaching focusing on stroke adaptation relevant for their disability. At the same time, the young swimmers will also be working through the Learn to Swim certification scheme.

The new initiative will begin at Kelso swimming pool this Saturday and run for an initial eight-week block with sessions every Saturday between 10am and 11am. Each participant will be allocated a 30-minute slot on a one-to-one basis.

Alan Oliver, Borders Sport and Leisure disability development officer, said: “We ran our first disability swimming programme in Eyemouth a few months ago and it was really successful.

“We are hoping that the sessions in Kelso will be equally popular. The profile of disability swimming in the region has been really enhanced this year through the creation of the Borders disability swimming squad (Border Barracudas). Our aim is to utilise these new sessions to enable individuals with varied disabilities to gain confidence in the water.”

For further information contact Alan Oliver on 07887 472 137.