Pupils help to make big splash for charity

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Over 800 people in Berwickshire have participated in the Big Splash swimming weekend to raise money for charity.

Borders Sport and Leisure Trust (BSLT) joined forces with British Swimming to deliver The Big Splash and inspire residents to swim.

The Big Splash weekend, April 27-29, was devised to encourage people to visit their local pool and swim 40 lengths. Participants included over 200 pupils from schools including Longridge Towers, Coldingham Primary, Holy Trinity Primary and the Ministry of Youth Club in Eyemouth, who took up the challenge and between them raised over £1000 for their chosen charities.

Ewan Jackson, chief executive of BSLT, the social enterprise, not-for-profit company that runs many of the sports and leisure facilities and programmes in the region said: “It’s brilliant to see hundreds of local youngsters using our pools as part of the Big Splash. We have some fabulous swimming facilities in the Scottish Borders and are always looking for ways to encourage more people to come and take advantage of them. Swimming is a brilliant activity as it is suitable for people of all ages and is a great way for families to have fun together.”

BSLT looks after many of the swimming pools in the Borders, including Eyemouth Leisure Centre, and has been working to improve the pools’ facilities and provide a range of lessons and aquatic activities for Borderers to enjoy.

To find out about activities taking place at swimming pools across the Borders visit www.BSLT.co.uk