The Rio Games this summer has provided great inspiration for everyone to get back into the pool regardless of their ability. For some, getting back into swimming has its barriers. There are 86,700 residents in Suffolk with a disability or impairment, 67.7% of which do not undertake any active recreation which has further implications on their health. Through programmes like iCAN and iCAN Swim they aim to get more people active, enhancing both health and every-day lives.
iCAN swim has been developed in partnership with Suffolk Sport, Suffolk County Council, Abbeycroft Leisure and fellow operators across the county to get the county swimming. iCAN Swim, an extension of Suffolk Sport’s popular iCAN programme, has been created to get more people swimming by promoting opportunities for those with disabilities, impairments and long-term health conditions to swim, regardless of their age and ability.
Not every disability or impairment occurs from birth, some long-term health conditions and impairments start later in life and may impact on confidence long after learning to swim. iCAN Swim sessions are designed to help them to get swimming again, retraining the body after illness or injury, gaining confidence.
Swimming is a great pastime supporting 90% of body weight, helping those with mobility problems and pain to take part in an activity that helps support the body whilst being active, reducing stress and pain on the body. The sessions are designed to help confidence, independence and for people to meet and make new friends, creating community activities across the county.
iCAN swim sessions are being launched today at Crown Pools, Ipswich, with Rio Paralympic swimming finalist Ryan Crouch attending the event. The disability friendly centres at Abbeycroft Leisure registered to take part in iCAN Swim are:
- Mildenhall Swimming Pool
- Newmarket Leisure Centre
- Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre
- Haverhill Leisure Centre
Sessions vary at each centre, with swimming instructor led sessions, lifeguard only sessions and aquagym available, and swimmers will progress with confidence to attend any swimming sessions on the pool timetable.
You can find more information on our website www.icanswim.co.uk which details accessibility information, cost and types of swimming sessions and all offer free swim places to carers. The consistency in website page design and information across all of the centres creates a seamless service across the county and allow participants to know what to expect of the programme in any participating leisure centre.
John Clough, Director, from Suffolk Sport said “This is a unique opportunity with local operators working and learning together to ensure that inclusive swimming sessions are promoted across the county. Our aim is to make swimming an accessible choice for everyone in Suffolk.”
For information on iCAN Swim sessions; days, times and for information about each session please visit www.acleisure.com/swimming/icanswim
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