Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham has backed a nationwide campaign to encourage more people to enjoy the many health and social benefits of swimming.
The Swim England-led #LoveSwimming campaign has so far featured case studies which show how a trip to the pool can bring families together, help escape the stresses of a busy live and aid a range of medical conditions.
According to Swim England statistics, 81 per cent of people aged over 11 can swim and more than 7,000,000 go swimming every week – making it one of the most popular participation sports in the UK.
And the number of women, older adults and people with disabilities or long-term health conditions actively swimming has also increased, according to research from Sport England’s Active Lives survey.
The first phase of the #LoveSwimming campaign delivered by Swim England, the national governing body for swimming, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming, was in partnership with 1 Life, Active Nation, Active Lifestyle Centres managed by Circadian Trust, Everyone Active, Freedom Leisure, GLL, Gateshead Council, Leicester City Council, Nottingham City Council, Nuffield Heath, Places for People and Serco.
Alex said: “I was delighted to join Swim England today to share why I #LoveSwimming.
“Being active in the water can be great for people’s physical and mental health and I would encourage my constituents of all ages to head down to the pool and take part in aquatic activities.”
To find your nearest pool, visit https://www.swimming.org/poolfinder/