Make a splash and learn to swim

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More people are splashing out and learning to swim in East Renfrewshire pools according to new figures released by the council.

People of all ages are signing up for lessons from coaching staff with East Renfrewshire Council’s Culture (ERLC) and Leisure Trust at Barrhead Foundry, Eastwood Park Leisure Centre, Eastwood High Sports Centre and Neilston Leisure Centre.

Staff at these centres say the number of swimming lessons has risen by 10 per cent in the past year.

And one recently-retired local woman Senga Henry has said learning to swim has transformed her life.

The former medical secretary said: “I couldn’t swim, lacked confidence in the water and learning to swim was on my to-do list.”

Senga began lessons at Eastwood High swimming pool under coaches Rory McCord and Paul Crichton.

She added: “With their patience - and I did test it on a number of occasions – we’ve made great progress. “On many occasions, Rory and Paul have in their own time helped me with my swimming, which is very much appreciated.

“I am thoroughly enjoying my swimming and now attend adult improver classes, as well as swimming on my own at Eastwood High and Neilston swimming pools.

“The teams at Eastwood High and Neilston have been so supportive, encouraging me to have more confidence in the water and setting goals for me.”

Paul Chrichton says: “The one moment that defines Senga’s swimming experience was when she completed the criteria to move to adult improvers.

“When she completed her two lengths the sheer jubilation on her face was a moment I know she and the people at the Eastwood High pool will never forget.

“Everyone was so proud of Senga and we look forward to similar achievements in the future.”

Anthony McReavy, chief executive of ERCL said: “Senga’s achievements in becoming a swimmer is exactly the result we want from our efforts to give as many people as possible the chance to learn to swim.

“One of our big objectives when it comes to sport is to give people the chance to try new sports and leisure activities and help them fulfill their potential.”