30 June 2010- Visiting Swimming class at Sherwood park

1 July 2010

After a tip off from Kevan Samwells, Programme Manager – Performance, Health, Fitness & Hospitality, to visit this class, Jenny Sims – Strategic Director – and I visited the Sherwood Park Swimming class this evening. Gill Pomeroy the tutor on the course welcomed us with surpirse and appreciation and told us with some vigour and passion about her students.
It was very clear that swimming through her efforts has transformed many lives by teaching people who have often had a lifelong fear of water to swim. One of the students said that after 40 years she is now able to go on holiday with my husband, and be able to join in and use a pool in a hotel and actually feel as though she is benefiting from her holiday. Another said that being able to join her children, grandchildren or friends in the pool rather than always being left out has all been down to Gill’s efforts.
A wonderful display of a job well done. An excellent example of what SCOLA is about. I will talk to Jenny and Kevan on how to improve this provision and make sure we allow such programmes to continue running despite all the cuts the sector is facing.

Saboohi Famili – Principal
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