Learn to Swim Courses


Swimming is a great way to be physical active as well as a vital life skill which can keep us safe near water.
The pandemic has had a major impact on the number of young people who have been able to learn how to swim within their schools.

National data show that young people from low income families have been most negatively impacted by the pandemic.

City Academy Norwich has secured funding from Sport England to provide free 6-week learn to swim courses for pupils who are eligible for free school meals, who cannot swim 25 meters.

Places on the first 6-week courses will be offered to pupils in Year 7 at City Academy Norwich and Year 6 at Bluebell Primary and West Earlham Junior School
Each week, pupils will take part in 40-minute lessons where they will build their confidence in the water and learn the fundamental swimming skills.

Courses will be delivered during the Summer and Autumn Terms by experienced swimming instructors from Water Babies Norfolk.

The project is funded by the Sport England Opening Schools Facilities Fund and supported locally by Active Norfolk.

Jon Osborne, Head of Community Sport at City Academy Norwich commented;
“Swimming is such an important life skill, especially in Norfolk where we are surrounded by the sea, rivers and the broads. We are really excited to be able to help young people within our community, who have been most negatively affected by the Pandemic, ensure that they don’t mis out on learning to swim.”

If you have any questions about the Learn to Swim courses, please email

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