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Parson Street swimming lessons saved for a year

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Parson Street Primary School’s pool is hired out to community groups to pay for its upkeep.

Pupils at Parson Street Primary School can continue with their swimming lessons this term – after a generous donor stepped in to help fund them.

The school in Bedminster manages to pay for the upkeep of its pool by hiring it out to community groups and other schools. Currently only two of their own year groups (Years 1 and 3) have been able to have lessons due to rising energy costs.

But this summer it looked as though these too would have to be cut – so staff put out an appeal.

Thanks to funding from Bristol-based global marketing company Webgains – the school has now been able to hire a swimming coach who starts next week.

Parson Street Primary School PE Lead Erica Tindall, who has worked at the school for 17 years, said: “…The only way we can keep our pool open is to hire it out and there are only two slots for pupils.

“When I first started all the children were offered swimming… The sponsorship will pay for a swim coach for a year but in the current crisis we don’t know with the increase in energy costs.

“We are hugely grateful as our children wouldn’t be able to swim if it hadn’t been for that funding…”

Webgains CEO Richard Dennys said: ““We’re just delighted to be in the fortunate position to be able to help Erica and Parson Street team maintain the swimming lessons. 

“Webgains has a high-performance ethos in business but this also extends to our local communities, especially in South Bristol and North Somerset where many of us live. 

“Swimming is such an important life survival skill but also a great aid to maintaining a healthy body and mind over our lives. If our support can help at least one more child navigate a healthier and more enjoyable path through life then our donation will have been repaid many times over.”