Tuesday, 22 November 2011

British Gas Pools for Schools Initiative

Today marks the beginning of a competition brought to you by British Gas to highlight their Pools For Schools initiative.

If you haven't yet heard of this fantastic scheme, British Gas are providing temporary swimming facilities for schools in areas of "aquatic deprivation". So far this scheme has helped over 10,000 children swim ten metres unaided.

This is a fantastic scheme. As a mother of three young children of primary school age, I was concerned to find that my children only get one term of swimming lessons in total. One term? And some schools don't even get that.

I was lucky, where I attended primary school we had a small indoor pool on site. If they hadn't have had this facility, I wouldn't have learnt to swim.

One in five children are unable to swim at all by the time they leave Primary school, I find this a really sad fact. I have great memories as a child having weekly swimming lessons throughout my primary school life and the thought that my children won't get the same experience due to cutbacks and money saving is quite awful.

Shouldn't all children be given the opportunity to learn how to swim at Primary school level? I think so, and so does British Gas.

So to raise awareness of this great initiative, British Gas have launched a brand new competition

Flip Flop Flip

British Gas are giving the British public the chance to win prizes by taking part in a ‘flip flop lottery’ on their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/britishgas By registering your details you’ll be allocated a number at random (from 1-1000) which matches to a flip flop. On the 10th of December all 1000 flip flops will be thrown into a pool in Birmingham and members of the British Gas BGR swim team will be diving in and pulling up random flip flops, If they bring up your flip flop then you are a winner. Prizes can include signed merchandise, tickets to watch the Swimming championships and much much more.

What are you waiting for?

The competition starts TODAY on the British Gas Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/britishgas and you can also find out more information by following on Twitter http://twitter.com/BGSwimming  or taking a look at the British Gas website http://www.britishgas.co.uk/about-british-gas/british-swimming/pool-4-school.html

This great initiative deserves our support and by taking part in the Flip Flop Flip competition maybe we can help it all go............................ swimmingly.


Big Fashionista x x

Disclaimer; This is a sponsored post but I am completely inspired by this initiative and will be entering myself as it is such an important issue  


  1. I had countless swimming lessons at the beach when primary school aged in Albany (south coast of Western Australia, with summers not much warmer than the UK). Didn't get me very far at all. It wasn't until my family moved 250 miles to the north and rented a house with a swimming pool that I made much progress.

    I hope Pools for Schools are heated, or at least indoors :D

  2. It's a shame that it has to come to this though isn't it.

    Learning to swim is so important I think. And has anyone ever checked out the rice of private swimming lessons? Only private bankers can afford those prices!!!!


Due to increased spam comments I am now having to moderate the comments I receive. I will do my best to get them approved quickly so please, carry on commenting as every time you comment a kitten smiles.

© Big Fashionista | All rights reserved.
Blogger Template Created by pipdig