OLYMPIC medallist Steve Parry, who grew up in Liverpool, will open a new family-friendly swimming centre in Speke.
The state-of-the-art centre, called swim!, on Triumph Road, is on track to open on May 26.
It promises to offer a unique swimming journey for children aged 0-11, with experienced teachers, online progress tracking, fun lessons and clean, modern facilities.
Steve Parry, a decorated swimmer who won a bronze medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics, and co-founder of Sporting House, a group of Olympian-led brands, including swim!, has dedicated the last fifteen years to ensuring children from all backgrounds are given the opportunity to learn to swim.
He said: “Swimming is the only sport that can help save a child’s life, and yet even before the pandemic, more than half of kids were reaching secondary school without the relevant skills they needed.
“We know there are heaps of benefits for kids learning to swim, and we are delighted to be able to launch in not just my hometown of Liverpool, but literally just down the road from where I grew up, with our new site in Speke.”
Parry also launched a swim! centre in nearby Warrington in 2017, that has now taught more than 3,000 children to swim, and although the pandemic delayed its opening, its sister site in Oldham launched last summer.
The brand new Liverpool South centre in Speke boasts a fixed depth, child-friendly pool, where specially trained swim! teachers will provide fun, innovative lessons created by Parry, alongside some of the most experienced and respected names in baby and child swimming.
Baby classes for ages 0-3 will focus on parent and baby bonding, whilst group lessons for ages 3-11 will be all about water confidence, safety and fundamental skills.
To ensure the centre operates safely, rigorous health and safety measures have been implemented ahead of the opening, with social distancing and team training being the key focus.
swim! Liverpool South is offering free intro sessions once the centre opens. For more information, and to register your interest, visit: https://www.swim.co.uk/register-interest/speke-coming-soon