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Swimming 6 June with MSSC!

MSSC: SOS Save our Swimming!
Venue:
Canons Leisure Centre, Madeira Road, Mitcham CR4 4HD
Time:
8.00 pm - 9.00 pm
Phone:
07500 913 223
Date:
06th June 2019
Cost:
£3.00


SOS – Save our Swimming!

An important message from the MSSC Committee to all Merton Sports and Social Club Members and friends:

Time is running out for MSSC’s weekly swimming session, held each Thursday evening  at the Canons, Mitcham.  The club can no longer afford the huge subsidy required to run the one-hour, weekly swimming session, exclusive to MSSC members at a cost of £3 a head.   In order to reduce the subsidy and make this activity viable, we desperately need to increase the number of participants.

Come along and have fun, dip your toe in the water, take the plunge, go with the flow and help throw MSSC Swimming a lifeline.

Venue:     Canons Leisure Centre, Madeira Road, Mitcham CR4 4HD
Date:  Thursday  6 June
Time:          8.00pm to 9.00pm
Cost:         £3.00
Travel:    Buses 118, 127, 264, 270, 280, 355
Train & Tram: Mitcham Junction, Mitcham Tramlink Stop, Mitcham Junction Tramlink Stop
Contact:    Email:   swimming@mssc.org.uk or call TEL. 07500 913 223

Please do not hesitate to get in touch for further details.

There are just one more Thursday evening session on the 6th June, before MSSC is required to sign a contract for a further three months.  It is with deep regret that the committee has reached the decision that, unless the number of participants increases significantly at each of those sessions, the contract, unfortunately, will not be renewed and the swimming sessions will cease at the end of June.

Swimming is a great exercise, and even simply bobbing about in the warm water is a wonderful feeling.  There is sighted support available, with getting in and out of the pool and using the changing facilities.

Those MSSC members, who regularly attend the session, say how massively they benefit, feeling relaxed and being able to swim freely, amongst a small number of friends in a large pool, accessible exclusively to MSSC members for that one hour.

For any members living in the borough of Merton, door to door transport is available, thanks to our dedicated volunteer drivers, at a further cost of £3 a head.  It may also be possible to arrange to meet people at a nearby train, tram or bus stop.

 

Should Doctors prescribe swimming?

Swim England: Should Doctors prescribe swimming

Doctors ‘should prescribe swimming to aid recovery from medical conditions’

Original article by Swim England

Swim England has called for the medical profession to be more proactive in prescribing swimming as part of a programme of activity to manage a variety of medical conditions and aid recovery. 

As part of its latest #LoveSwimming campaign, titled Moving Medicine, Swim England has issued the plea alongside inspirational stories of how swimming has helped transform the physical health of a number of people across the country who were suffering from a variety of conditions.

The individuals, who were struggling to cope with arthritis, Type 2 diabetes and chronic pain, were all prescribed swimming to help ease their conditions.

Elaine McNish, Head of Health and Wellbeing at Swim England said: “Swimming is an ideal activity which can help people manage a range of medical conditions and we are calling on the medical profession to consider recommending swimming to people who would benefit from improved physical health.

“As the government and medical profession increasingly move to prescribe exercise as a conduit to improved physical health, we believe that swimming and wider aquatic activity is increasingly the answer for many people and are calling on health professionals to consider prescribing swimming in ever increasing numbers.”

The #LoveSwimming campaign has been launched ahead of World Health Day on Sunday 7 April.

Evidence shows that one in four patients would be more active if advised by a health professional, yet nearly three quarters of GPs do not speak about the benefits of physical activity to patients due to either lack of knowledge, skills or confidence. (Source: Moving Medicine)

The current Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has called for a “culture shift” and for medical professionals to act on the evidence that activity, such as swimming or long walks, can cut the risk of illness and boost survival from major diseases.

To showcase the physical benefits and the impact of prescribing swimming, Swim England has created three short films which share the stories of individuals who have experienced phenomenal physical health benefits as a result of swimming.

Benefits of swimming have been massive

Steve Wright, 62, is a Type 2 diabetic who was diagnosed nearly a decade ago but had never taken his health seriously. 

After suffering a stroke in 2018, he realised he needed to take action and worked with a medical professional who suggested he try swimming. 

He has seen remarkable health improvements in the last six months, his diabetes is now under control and he’s looking forward to a healthier future.

Treatment for Type 2 diabetes accounts for nearly nine per cent of the annual NHS budget, totalling an enormous £8.8 billion every year. 

With 3.8 million people in England already diagnosed and an additional 200,000 new diagnoses each year, it’s taking a real toll on resource. (Source: Gov.uk 2018)

On his involvement in the Love Swimming campaign, Steve, from Chester-le-Street, said: “The benefits of swimming physically, mentally, socially, have been massive. 

“To be able to share my story and be part of Swim England’s campaign is brilliant.

“If I can help inspire just one person to give swimming a go, I will be absolutely delighted.”

The campaign video series also includes Wanda Stockdale, who was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in her early 30s and has described swimming as “absolutely life-changing”, and Paul Kirby, who found swimming had a phenomenal impact on his health when his desk-job resulted in a severe back injury and resulting limp.

 

BBS Swimming Gala 2019!

BBS National Youth Swimming Gala 30 March 2019

ENTRIES OPEN FOR THE BRITISH BLIND SPORT NATIONAL YOUTH SWIMMING GALA 2019

Originally posted on  britishblindsport.org.uk  by 

British Blind Sport is pleased to confirm the 2019 date for the charity’s National Youth Swimming Gala as Saturday 30th March. The prestigious event will take place in the West Midlands at the University of Birmingham’s Sport & Fitness Centre, Edgbaston (B15 2TT) from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm and is free to enter for all blind and partially sighted children aged between 8 to 17 years old.

Hosted by the national charity for visually impaired people in sport, this event has been held successfully for over 20 years and is the only VI specific youth swimming competition in the UK, attracting participants from across the country. It is the perfect event for any child with a visual impairment to take part in swimming or compete against children their own age. Free, one to one and small group lessons will also be on offer for those children aged 5-17 years of age, who may not feel confident enough to take part in the swimming gala but would like to learn the basic principles of how to swim. These lessons we be delivered by qualified coaches with experience of working with people with visual impairments.

Alaina MacGregor, CEO of British Blind Sport said:

“Every year we see how the gala makes a real difference to young people living with sight loss, many of whom have never had the opportunity to participate in a sporting event that is adapted to suit their needs or been able to compete alongside their peers. The event also helps young people, families and volunteers to learn more about British Blind Sport and the many projects that we deliver to support young VI people in sport.  It also provides a unique experience for our See My Voice Young Leaders who volunteer to help run the event. Year on year, we receive really positive feedback from the participants and young volunteers at the event and I am pleased that it remains a mainstay within the BBS calendar. ”

British Blind Sport Participation Delivery Officer, Alex Pitts said,

“Sport is a tool that can be used to inspire people of all backgrounds. The BBS National Youth Swimming Gala holds extreme significance, as it provides the opportunity to integrate and socialise with others who have had similar life experiences, as well as developing swimming proficiency.  The event also offers signposting to local clubs so that participants can train and compete year round. We love to see the difference just one event can make to young people’s lives”.

For further details please visit the British Blind Sport website or to register please click here. If you wish to sign up a group of swimmers, please contact Alex Pitts on 07929 356428 or email Alex@britishblindsport.org.uk.

British Blind Sport need volunteers to help at upcoming events. If you can spare some time to help the visually impaired and blind attendees enjoy the day fully, please get in touch.

Download the BBS National Youth Swimming Gala 2019 poster here

Download the BBS National Youth Swimming Gala Accessible Poster 2019 here

 

 

BBS Swimming Gala 2019

BBS National Youth Swimming Gala 30 March 2019
Venue:
West Midlands at the University of Birmingham’s Sport & Fitness Centre, Edgbaston (B15 2TT)
Time:
12.30 pm - 5.00 pm
Phone:
07929 356428
Date:
30th March 2019
Cost:
Call Contact to Confirm


ENTRIES OPEN FOR THE BRITISH BLIND SPORT NATIONAL YOUTH SWIMMING GALA 2019

Originally posted on  britishblindsport.org.uk  by 

British Blind Sport is pleased to confirm the 2019 date for the charity’s National Youth Swimming Gala as Saturday 30th March. The prestigious event will take place in the West Midlands at the University of Birmingham’s Sport & Fitness Centre, Edgbaston (B15 2TT) from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm and is free to enter for all blind and partially sighted children aged between 8 to 17 years old.

For further details please visit the British Blind Sport website or to register please click here. If you wish to sign up a group of swimmers, please contact Alex Pitts on 07929 356428 or email Alex@britishblindsport.org.uk.

Hosted by the national charity for visually impaired people in sport, this event has been held successfully for over 20 years and is the only VI specific youth swimming competition in the UK, attracting participants from across the country. It is the perfect event for any child with a visual impairment to take part in swimming or compete against children their own age. Free, one to one and small group lessons will also be on offer for those children aged 5-17 years of age, who may not feel confident enough to take part in the swimming gala but would like to learn the basic principles of how to swim. These lessons we be delivered by qualified coaches with experience of working with people with visual impairments.

Alaina MacGregor, CEO of British Blind Sport said:

“Every year we see how the gala makes a real difference to young people living with sight loss, many of whom have never had the opportunity to participate in a sporting event that is adapted to suit their needs or been able to compete alongside their peers. The event also helps young people, families and volunteers to learn more about British Blind Sport and the many projects that we deliver to support young VI people in sport.  It also provides a unique experience for our See My Voice Young Leaders who volunteer to help run the event. Year on year, we receive really positive feedback from the participants and young volunteers at the event and I am pleased that it remains a mainstay within the BBS calendar. ”

British Blind Sport Participation Delivery Officer, Alex Pitts said,

“Sport is a tool that can be used to inspire people of all backgrounds. The BBS National Youth Swimming Gala holds extreme significance, as it provides the opportunity to integrate and socialise with others who have had similar life experiences, as well as developing swimming proficiency.  The event also offers signposting to local clubs so that participants can train and compete year round. We love to see the difference just one event can make to young people’s lives”.

British Blind Sport need volunteers to help at upcoming events. If you can spare some time to help the visually impaired and blind attendees enjoy the day fully, please get in touch.

Download the BBS National Youth Swimming Gala 2019 poster here

Download the BBS National Youth Swimming Gala Accessible Poster 2019 here

 

 

FREE Coached VI Swimming Returns to Greenwich!

Swimming in Greenwich 2017
Venue:
The Greenwich Centre, 12 Lambarde Square, London SE10 9HB
Time:
11.45 am - 1.00 pm
Phone:
020 3815 3660 / 078 1180 8145
Date:
03rd October 2017
Cost:
FREE


Swimming for Vision Impaired people is coming to Greenwich!

South East London Vision (SELVis), in partnership with Metro Blind Sport, GLL and Greenwich Association of Disabled People – ‘Into Sport Project’ are offering 10 coached swimming sessions in October 2017, open to anyone living with sight loss in South East London.

When: 3rd October, 2017, every Tuesday until 12th December 2017, please note: These dates may be subject to change. (please call contact to confirm)
Time: 11:45am – 1pm
Where: The Greenwich Centre, 12 Lambarde Square, London SE10 9HB
Contact: Hassan Khan on Tel: 020 3815 3660 Mob: 078 1180 8145
or Email: Hassan.khan@pocklington-trust.org.uk

Nearest Tube/train: Maze Hill over ground station
Bus: 188, 129, 472, 161, 486 all stop nearby

A meeting point at a nearby transport link will be available to those who have contacted us in advance.

FREE Coached Swimming for Vision Impaired people

Come along and swim with SELVis! Here is another wonderful opportunity for you to receive 10 FREE coached swimming sessions, coached by a level 2 coach; who has previous experience of working with blind and partially sighted people. We will also offer an additional lane for those who want to swim for fun or exercise.

Please note:

  • Due to the popularity of this event, it will be on a first come first serve basis
  • When registering please tell us whether you are a beginner or an advanced swimmer. If you should require advice or help with purchasing swim wear, please do not hesitate in contacting us.