Don’t let schools close our swimming pools

Eaton Primary School swimming pool.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Eaton Primary School swimming pool.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

How can this be? Since the Eaton Primary School pool was completed in the early 70s hundreds, no thousands, of children have joined their high schools being competent and confident swimmers.

It was guaranteed that no one would leave the school being unable to swim.

Every child received weekly professional swimming lessons from excellent fully qualified and inspirational teachers.

It is unforgivable that this pool, literally dug out by parents and supported financially in the early days also by parents should now be closed down.

This is happening when we are constantly told that obesity is such a problem and children must exercise more.

As an ex-member of staff and parent of a child at Eaton, which was for many years the Fairway First and Middle School, I valued the high quality of swimming teaching my child received.

I am the first to acknowledge that academic achievement is vital but children should also be involved in other areas of the curriculum, such as music, art and physical education, in order to become fully developed adults.

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Please don't allow this closure to happen as it is very unlikely to open again.

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