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Sandwell Valley Multisport Programme

“Thank you so much for running these sessions. When I started, I was very nervous as I am not a confident swimmer and had no idea what to expect, but everyone had made me feel very relaxed. [...] I found the cold water, the swimming and the nature was really helpful, it was great to take time away from all the stress that was going on at home and at work and I feel that these sessions really helped with my outlook on life. I would love to keep in touch with the team and would love to be involved in any future activities”

- Participant from Dosthill “Open Water Swimming”

Sandwell Valley Multisport Programme

This programme was born out of the success of the Dosthill Open Water Swimming Programme, which Living Well offered in 2021 and was partly funded by Sport England.

Sessions offered beneficiaries a series of open water swimming alongside physical activities sessions. The programme was free and included the provision of cold drinks, wetsuits, googles, nose clips and tow floats.

What time did the program start?

The programme ran from the 5th of June until the 25th of September, starting at 6.45 pm. The warmer weather provided the right atmosphere for the highlight of the programme - the open-water swimming. Qualified open-water swimming coaches were on site at Swan Lake, trained to support any skill level, prior swimming experience was not needed. Alongside the open water swimming sessions at Swan Lake, outdoor sports and games were hosted by our trained session leaders.

The 6 benefits of Open-Water Swimming

    • It boosts dopamine levels
    • Positive impact on your wellbeing
    • Mindfulness
    • Building new friendships
    • Exercise
    • Reducing symptoms of anxiety
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