swim safe winner poster

Pupil surfaces as winner in swimming competition

More than 800 pupils from schools in Barnsley have recently taken part in a campaign that highlights the dangers of water during the summer months.

23 schools in and around Barnsley embarked on a design competition, organised by leisure operators BPL, where young people from years 1, 2 and 3 were tasked with designing a poster that depicts swim safety – featuring the BPL mascot Derek the Dolphin.

All the designs were obtained from the schools, BPL narrowed them down to ten finalists and the final winner was decided upon by the editorial team from The Barnsley Chronicle newspaper.

Alice Feetham (8) from Silkstone Common was the overall winner and her design has been made into posters, leaflets, free swim vouchers and badges which will be distributed all over the Barnsley borough to raise awareness of swim safety.

A BPL swim ambassador headed to Silkstone Common with Derek to unveil Alice’s winning artwork. The swim ambassador will also be heading into all other schools in the borough that entered to educate young people of the dangers of water in the impending summer holidays.

Simon Ferrarelli, BPL corporate aquatics manager said: “Swim safety especially around the summer months is extremely important and if we can raise this awareness through a great competition that allows the winning design to be the visual for the campaign is brilliant. We have had a great response from the schools in Barnsley since we launched the campaign four years ago – this year being the best yet!”

For more information about the BPL swim school please visit www.bpl.org.uk or call 01226 730060.

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