Yate family make a splash in national swimming campaign

May 29 2018
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A family from Yate has been selected to take part in Swim England’s latest national campaign which aims to inspire parents to reconnect with their children through swimming.

Lynette and Charlie De Nobriga swim at Yate Leisure Centre with their children, Tilly and Zack.  As part of the project, they’ve taken on the challenge of swimming for an hour a week for a month, to ensure they’re spending quality time together. They will then report back to Swim England on any positive benefits they may have experienced. 

Lynette said; “To have that family time together is great. I feel healthier, more active and the quality time together as a family is what it’s all about – lots of fun, lots of laughter and lots of smiles. That’s what we’ve really loved.”

Tilly, who’s 9 years old, said; “I like swimming because I like going underwater and I like having fun in the water with friends and family.”

A recent survey for the British Heart Foundation found that more than a quarter of parents questioned are so busy, that on an average day they often don’t spend any time with their children whatsoever. Almost half of them said this makes them feel guilty. 

Mark Crutchley, Chief Executive of Circadian Trust, the not-for-profit organisation which manages and operates the Active Lifestyle Centres in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council said; 

“The #LoveSwimming campaign has presented us with a great opportunity to get families back in the pool and teach children the ever-important life skill that is swimming. I’m sure that many families are already feeling the benefits of spending time together at the pool and I look forward to welcoming many more at our centres soon.”

Jane Nickerson, CEO of Swim England said: “Swimming is one of the few activities that families can do together across generations and throughout their lives. So often, this family time in a pool is restricted to summer holidays. Time with your children – when they want to spent time with you rather than anyone else, is fleeting. We want to encourage parents to make the most of those precious years being connected and having fun together through the joy and elation felt in a pool.  We are reminding parents, don’t miss out on those treasurable years. Take them swimming, make the most of the passing moments and not only give them a life skill and get them active, but create memories that last a lifetime.”