Pupils get on swimmingly during first lesson at refurbished pool

Primary pupils from Clachan and Achahoish give a thumbs-up to the new pool facilities.
Primary pupils from Clachan and Achahoish give a thumbs-up to the new pool facilities.

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Pupils from Clachan Primary School made a splash during their first swimming lessons at the newly refurbished Mid Argyll Community Pool.

The youngsters were joined by children from Achahoish Primary School for an hour-long lesson on Tuesday May 17, which will be followed by five more.

They were the first schoolchildren to enjoy lessons at the pool following a refurbishment which saw improved changing facilities and the addition of a soft play for small children, a café, a meeting place and a therapy room.

Lucy Blake, head teacher of both schools, said: ‘We were the first school group to start lessons in the lovely new building. The children were so impressed with the changing rooms and all the new space.

‘Everyone was feeling the excitement at starting back in the pool and the pupils were beaming from ear to ear as they started their lesson with the pool instructors.

‘Swimming is such a key skill, it brings together physical education with health and wellbeing; we can see the benefits to confidence and communication.’

The children’s response to the refurbished building was equally positive, with the pupils declaring that they liked the new space to get changed and they loved being back in the water with the pool noodles.

A spokesperson for the pool staff added: ‘It was lovely to get back to seeing schools in the pool.’