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Boys swim the Channel for Team Bowsland

Posted on Wednesday 28th November 2018 at 9:31 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the Bowsland Green 'Swim the Channel' team in the pool at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

Three 10-year-old boys from Bradley Stoke have begun an ambitious aquatic challenge to raise much needed funds for their school. Finley Palmer, Archie Matthews and Joe Moody, all pupils at Bowsland Green Primary, are collectively hoping to swim the width of the English Channel (22 miles) over an estimated 12 weeks and are collecting sponsorship through an online ‘secure giving’ page.

Money raised through the initiative will be used to improve the outdoor play area at the boys’ school, which the parent teacher association Friends of Bowsland Green describes as “tired and uninspiring”.

Finley explained:

“We have enjoyed being at Bowsland and now we are in Year 6 we wanted to do something for the school. We really want better stuff to play on and when the weather is bad we aren’t allowed on the field, so we just have ‘the boat’ and that’s really old and falling apart.”

The lads are undertaking the challenge at Bradley Stoke Active Lifestyle Centre (a.k.a. the leisure centre), which is supporting them by allowing them to swim for free while they complete the 1,416-length challenge.

The three boys are keen swimmers, all having previously attended lessons at the centre. More recently, Archie and Fin have also been trialling water polo there too.

Finley’s mum Nichola explained how the challenge came about:

“The boys had been looking for a way of fundraising and whilst Fin was doing water polo he, saw a poster about challenging yourself to swim the Channel. Fin asked his friends what they thought then we discussed it as parents and with the school, as we knew it was a massive undertaking.”

The challenge began on Monday 1st October and by the end of the first week the boys had covered an amazing 331 lengths. They are swimming two or three times a week, but the amount varies due to their other commitments, such as football and rugby.

As we went to press, going into the final week of October, the boys had increased this to 594 lengths. To meet the 12-week target they will need to complete the challenge by Christmas Eve, but they say they ideally want to finish it sooner.

More: Praise from headteacher. How to donate. »

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Medals galore for distance swimmers

Posted on Friday 2nd June 2017 at 12:05 am by SH (Editor)

Photo of the four girls with their medals.

Four local girls have raised over £500 for charity by taking part in a UK-wide swimming challenge.

Sophie Loadman, 12, Keely Peard, 13, Olivia Featherstone, 12, and Emily Grynyer-Haynes, 12, completed the Team 5km Marie Curie Swimathon on 8th April, raising much-needed funds for the charity which provides care and support for people living with a terminal illness.

Just two weeks later, on 23rd April, Sophie, Keely and Olivia took their long-distance swimming achievements to another level when they each swam 10km (400 lengths) within four-and-a-half hours to gain the top award in the ASA-accredited Active Aqua scheme.

All four girls are members of Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre’s Elite Swimming Club.

The keen swimmers say they are looking forward to broadening their sporting horizons by joining a new water polo team that will be starting up soon at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

To find out more about the swimming club and the new water polo team, contact the leisure centre on 0300 333 0300.

Photo (l-r): Sophie Loadman, Keely Peard, Olivia Featherstone and Emily Grynyer-Haynes with their medals after completing the Marie Curie Swimathon.

UPDATE (1st June 2017): The new water polo course at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre starts on Sunday 4th June at 7am. More details…

This article originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 10). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Olympian to inspire young swimmers at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre

Posted on Monday 7th July 2014 at 3:29 pm by SH (Editor)

Adam Whitehead.

Olympian and Team GB breaststroke swimmer Adam Whitehead will inspire South Gloucestershire youngsters at a swimming campaign hosted by Australian swimwear brand Zoggs on Friday 1st August.

As part of Zoggs’ national Oceans of Fun Day campaign, the Active Leisure Centres in Bradley Stoke and Yate will be hosting a unique event for 7-14 year olds to experience different aquatic sports from mini water polo, synchronised swimming and fast swimming. Adam Whitehead will be helping to mentor youngsters and encourage people to try more diverse aquatic sports.

Over 2.9 million people were swimming once a week in 2013/14, making it the top sport by a significant margin according to Sport England’s Active People Survey. The survey also highlights that swimmers are the least likely to compete in competitions, leading to calls for greater awareness of competitive aquatic sports.

Mark Crutchley, Chief Executive of Circadian Trust, said:

“Since the Olympics in 2012 it is incredible to see the impact that all the sporting achievements have had on raising the awareness and importance of sport and healthy past-times.”

“Health and fitness is high on the political agenda. However many people in the UK still find accessing sport difficult and we are proud to run a diverse and interesting sports programme. The Zoggs’ Oceans of Fun Day campaigns are the perfect way to inspire the younger generation to get involved in aquatic sports.”

Zoggs’ Marketing and PR Manager David Annand said:

“For us, this is about introducing aquatic sports that many children will not have had the chance to experience. Success for us will be seeing the children who take part continue enjoying the freedom, fun and skills regular swimming and aquatic sports can bring. This is an extremely exciting initiative for everyone at Zoggs and we look forward to sharing our passion for swimming with thousands of children across the country.”

The morning session at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre will run between 9am-12noon with the afternoon session at Yate Leisure Centre running from 1.30pm-4pm.

If you would like to attend the event with your child, they must be between 7-14 years old and can swim a minimum of 25 metres.

For more information please call 0300 333 0300 or visit

Source: Press release issued on behalf of Circadian Trust.

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