Because learning to swim represents not just a physical activity but the acquisition of an essential skill for us all, Paris 2024 is lending a hand. In Seine-Saint-Denis, one of the host departments of the Paris 2024 Games, one in every two children starting secondary school does not know how to swim. Which is why Paris 2024, the French National Sports Agency, the French Swimming Federation and the towns of Clichy-sous-Bois, Villetaneuse, Sevran and Bagnolet have come together to launch an initiative for summer 2021 entitled “Savoir-nager en Seine-Saint-Denis” (“Learn to Swim in Seine-Saint-Denis”).
With 1.6 million inhabitants and only 36 pools, Seine-Saint-Denis is the country’s worst-equipped department for swimming. The Games provide the opportunity to develop the sporting infrastructure in Seine-Saint-Denis. Following the lead of the Olympic Aquatics Centre, the major aquatics facility that France has been demanding for over 10 years, five new swimming pools will be built or renovated in Seine-Saint-Denis by 2024, as well as six gyms and leisure centres. In the meantime, Paris 2024 and its stakeholders are rallying together to make swimming lessons more accessible for the inhabitants of the Seine-Saint-Denis department.
Swimming lessons for 2,000 children
Throughout the summer of 2021, swimming and water safety lessons will be offered to almost two thousand 4- to 12-year-olds who do not yet know how to swim. The lessons will run until 29 August and are being held in four temporary pools set up for the occasion. Twenty swimming instructors will be on-hand throughout the summer to lead the courses, which are each made up of ten 45-minute sessions spread over two weeks. The children will take the lessons in groups of ten, in strict compliance with the applicable healthcare regulations. A certain number of swimming lessons for adults are also being offered by the towns where the swimming pools are located.
Calendar of children’s lessons
|5 July to 28 August||Clichy sous-Bois, Allée Henri Barbusse|
|5 July to 28 August||Villetaneuse, 6 rue Paul Langevin|
|2 August to 29 August||Sevran, 34 rue Gabriel Peri|
|19 July to 29 August||Bagnolet, 15 Avenue Raspail Stade de la Briquetterie|