Hackney delivery pilot
Not only have we created our seat at the table of the British aquatics sector, but we’ve also been putting our efforts into focusing on the most crucial part of our charity: the community and engagement. Just a few days before we announced the launch of our research project, we kicked off our local learn-to-swim delivery pilot in London.
Teaming up with Hackney Council and local grassroots organisation BADU Sports, we took a handful of hesitant swimmers of all ages - some of whom had not been in a pool before - from being fearful or hesitant in the water to being what we call ‘water confident’ or able to float without assistance in just one hour. Among the swimmers was Hackney Mayor, Philip Glanville, and among the spectators was Diane Abbott MP.
The pilot was such a success with the participants that we are now looking to deliver the programme on a larger scale across all boroughs of London, and eventually, nationwide.
In just 19 months, our charity has grown from being run by four co-founders with a shared vision to an ever-growing team delivering learn-to-swim pilots, conducting pioneering research and engaging the community in an essential life-saving skill and a sector that can change their lives for the better. But despite our phenomenal growth and supplying the ongoing demand for diversifying the sector, we need the backing of national governing bodies, brands and charities in the aquatics sector; strategically, socially and financially.
Listening and investing this month goes a long way, but what will make a real impact and what will create significant change is long-term commitment. Because as soon as this month is over, the BSA will continue doing what we do to the best of our ability.
Our vision doesn’t end in October.