Prince William Backs Learn To Swim Campaign

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The Duke of Cambridge has recorded a video message in support of the Amateur Swimming Association’s (ASA) vision that every child has the right to learn to swim.

William outlines the importance of children being confident in water in his message which follows an ASA report that claims more than half of youngsters aged seven to 11 years cannot swim 25 metres unaided.

The Association has said this equates to just over a million children who are potentially not safe in and around water.

The Duke, who is patron of the English Schools Swimming Association, says in the video: “Swimming has always been important to me – I was very proud to represent Scottish Universities at water polo and both Catherine and I will never forget the excitement and pride we felt cheering on Team GB in the Aquatics Centre last summer at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“Swimming is unique – it is the only sport that can save lives – which is why I’m so keen for school swimming to be accessible for all children at all primary schools.

“The ASA has a belief – a vision, which I share – that every child has the right to learn to swim.

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