Looking at the swimming club landscape it seems that Tower Hamlets is one of the few London boroughs that doesn’t have a swimming club named by the borough name. Look at the swimming club links on the side, all other competitive clubs have the name of the borough they represent.
ESSA is held at the London Aquatics Centre on Saturday 19th. November 2016.
I tried to find a secondary for Madison that is strongly engaged with swimming but could not find one. Perhaps one reason for a lack of interest in swimming is the absence of a Tower Hamlets Swimming club.
Apparent from the 2015 results, there is a team from a Surrey and Croydon school and the rest come from all over England with those teams also coincidentally being sent by clubs that usually represent their teams at British Championships.
Obviously swimming is beneficial both for mental and physical health and more swimming in Tower Hamlets would enrich the borough. When I looked for a Secondary place for Madison, schools categorically asserted that they are NOT interested in swimming as a school sport.
There are many pools in Tower Hamlets and I think the time has come that the borough starts to establish a Tower Hamlets Swimming Club.
During the Primary schools swimming games it becomes apparent each year that the privately run Gatehouse School always wins the team cup whilst the borough schools often send swimmers that hardly make 1 lane. I think that the borough’s education department really has to try harder to put the borough’s pupils into swimming as a sport and that the swimming abilities of pupils in the borough should be raised.
With quite a few pools in the borough, the council could try harder to roll out a borough wide swimming schedule to introduce pupils to regular advanced swimming sessions and make it a matter of pride to actually be good at swimming.
Swimming clubs could become centres for swimming with home work clubs attached, so that pupils could also do homework nearby.
I pleaded personally with Madison’s Primary school headmaster at St. John’s C.o.E. Bethnal Green to enter the school in the Tower Hamlets Primary School Championships because Madison wanted to win the Gold in the Butterfly, which she did win. Now Madison’s Secondary school Bishop Challoner Girls has promised to hold an inter-form swimming competition, which is a good start.