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This October, Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury is urging as many local people as possible to swap the TV remote and games consoles for a pair of goggles and head down to their local swimming pool to take part in the UK’s Big Splash.
The Big Splash is a campaign by British Swimming and the BBC to encourage the nation to take a dip in their local swimming pools and celebrate a much loved past time of swimming.
Stoke Mandeville Stadium wants to encourage as many people as possible to join the other 13 million people across the UK who are already making a Big Splash, by taking part in swimming activities.
Ian Seabrook, Business Development Manager for Stoke Mandeville Stadium says: “There’s a great deal going on locally to celebrate swimming from Kids Go Half Price, to Adult Swimming Lessons and Swimming for Fitness too. The aim of the Big Splash is to encourage new people into the pool and help those who already swim to have more fun more often. Swimming is a great form of physical activity and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. We want to encourage as many people as possible to register via www.swimming.org/bigsplash/get-involved and join in the fun. Come on, jump in – the water’s lovely.”
Some of British Swimming's biggest names have also thrown their support behind the Big Splash, not least double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington. "Swimming is my life but just getting in the pool a couple of times a week is a really great way of getting active and staying healthy. I'm right behind anything that encourages people to take the plunge and swim more often," said Adlington.