Swimming for disabled children

12th March 2012

  • The Sheffield Parent Carer Forum has worked with local sports charity Within Reach to successfully apply for a Kellogg’s Swim Active Grant to fund swimming lessons for children with disabilities. The weekly 30-minute, one-to-one lessons have now started at Chapeltown Baths on Sunday mornings between 8.30am and 10am. Lessons cost £4.80 for 30 minutes. For more information, contact Duncan Walker at Chapeltown Baths on 0114 257 0354 or email

    SCWIDS is a swimming club for children with disabilities and special needs, their families and friends. SCWIDS can provide swimming lessons for children who might struggle in mainstream classes as well as “Splash Swim” for fun and making friends. SCWIDS sessions are on Fridays (term-time only) between 6.30pm and 8pm at Westfield Sports College. Lessons cost £5 per child (including Splash Swim) or £3 for Splash Swim only. For more information, contact Frank Smith on 0114 2461414.

    Sheffield Family Support Group organises private swimming sessions at Hillsborough Leisure Centre for children with special needs and learning difficulties, their families and friends. The monthly session alternate between Saturday and Sunday evenings with an hour’s swimming in the leisure pool from 6.15pm to 7.15pm, followed by party food. Cost is £5 per child for swimming or £6 with food. Parents/carers swim for free. For more information and dates, please contact Tana Holmes on 0114 2305057 or email

    Are you aware of any disability-friendly swimming lessons for children not mentioned in this article? Please get in touch and let us know!