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Swimming South Africa’s Telkom Rural Splash Learn to Swim Programme was recently nominated for the Virgin Unite Community Programme Award as part of the Virgin Active Sport Industry Awards.

The program has shown tremendous growth over the last few years and from 2010 to 2011,has reached over 600,000 learners across more than 870 schools as part of SSA’s growth & development strategy with Telkom.┬áThe programme now specifically calls for the further roll-out of an additional 50 ÔÇ£Portable poolsÔÇØ in selected rural schools throughout the country over the next three years.

South Africa has an abundance of natural resources, which make the necessity of the Learn to Swim programme a priority within the country. Rural South Africa has in the most part been left off this drive to teach the country to swim. The reason for this is the assumption that the transference of the life skill of swimming is linked to a swimming pool.

The Rural Splash Learn to Swim programme, which is sponsored by Telkom, was developed to address these problems for transporting the children from their rural environment to a pool in the nearest urban area, to the implementation of swimming skill programmes in local dams and rivers  in proximity to the targeted rural communities

Swimming South Africa’s Learn to Swim (LTS) programme also features Pool and Ocean Splash, Splash Polo, Synchro Fun, the Mass Participation Programme, the Portable Pool project, Water Safety Education, Club Development and the training of LTS instructors.

ÔÇ£We at Swimming South Africa are extremely proud to have received this nomination for the Virgin Unite Community Programme Award. It is a true honour that our Rural Splash Learn to Swim Programme is recognized by the Sport Industry Awards and it will certainly assist us in reaching our goal of Making Every Child a Swimmer and enhancing the development and awareness of swimming in the country.ÔÇØ said the President of Swimming South Africa, Mr Jace Naidoo.

The Telkom Rural Splash ‘Learn to Swim’ Programme will be up against the likes of Ajax Cape Town FC’s Community Scheme, Central Gauteng Squash Development, JAG Foundation Rugby Programme and ProNutro JAG Runners Programme as well as the Sporting Chance’s KIA Street Soccer Programme.

The Virgin Active Sport Industry awards will take place on 23 February 2012 at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg.


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