The Search is on For Lambeth’s best swim teacher

31 May 2019

Written by: GLL Betters & Lambeth Council

Children and young people - Health and Wellbeing - Jobs and skills

The best swimming teacher in Lambeth (as chosen by Lambeth swimmers) will go on to be part of a UK-wide competition.

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The Search is on For Lambeth’s best swim teacher

Pupils, parents, and swimming professionals in Lambeth – you’re invited to nominate a swimming teacher from your local Better leisure centre: Brixton Recreation Centre, Clapham Leisure Centre, Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre, Vauxhall Leisure Centre, or West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre..

National final

Which teacher has gone the extra mile and shown exceptional dedication and care through their teaching? Lambeth’s local winner will go forward to a national final at the London Aquatics Centre (the 2012 Olympic venue) in autumn.

UK’s biggest swimming teacher

The search is the brainchild of Lambeth’s leisure centre operator partner. They employ over 1,400 swimming teachers to teach more than 18,100 swimming lessons each week.

Lifesaving life skill

Daniel Arnamnart, Better’s National Aquatics Project Manager said: “We felt it only right to recognise the amazing work they undertake, teaching people of all ages and abilities to swim.  Drowning remains the third highest cause of accidental death of children in the UK, so teaching this crucial life skill is genuinely important. We urge anyone who has been inspired, enthused or encouraged by their swimming teacher to make a nomination and ensure their efforts are acknowledged.”

For more information

  • Nominations are open until 30 June 2019 online with more information available at your local leisure centre.
  • The Swimming Teacher of the Year Award is also supported by the Swimming Teacher’s Association (STA) and Speedo, whose representatives will be on the final judging panel. Regional and national winners will win vouchers to pay for their own continuing professional development and training – as well as towels, goggles, bags, swimsuits, and snorkels.
  • Established 1993, GLL is the largest UK-based charitable social enterprise delivering leisure, health and community services. Operating under the Better brand, we manage 258 public sport and leisure centres, 113 libraries and 10 children’s centres in partnership with  local councils, public agencies and sporting organisations.  GLL welcomes 46 million customer visits per well as running the GLL Community Foundation, supporting local projects and the GLL Sport Foundation; the largest independent athlete support programme in the UK, focused on supporting today’s and tomorrow’s athletes.