“If your child has additional needs, I can’t recommend Alpha Swim enough!”

By Everybody Sport March 13, 2018

Swimming Star Nathan Combats His Fear Of Water Since Attending Alpha Swim.

Nathan Greenford- Left


In October 2017, 13 year old Nathan Greenford from Sandbach, joined Alpha Swim lessons provided by Everybody Leisure at Crewe Lifestyle Centre.

Before attending Alpha Swim lessons, Nathan had a fear of water and used to feel uneasy when near a swimming pool. Now just 12 weeks on, Nathan has a love for swimming and is so committed, that even when feeling poorly, his family can’t get him out of the pool!

Alpha Swim is a 12 week course of swimming lessons for young people with a disability. These lessons are a basic introduction to swimming which encourage children to have fun and be more relaxed in the water whilst learning basic water skills.

Since attending Alpha Swim, Nathan has learnt that swimming can be fun and his self confidence has grown immensely. He receives individual attention and has built trust with the instructors. Nathans mum Nikki commented;

“Alpha swim has exceeded expectations as Nathan has advanced from relying on a float to aid him to swim, to swimming lengths of the main pool unaided with his swimming teacher Zac, encouraging him at the side of the pool.”

Nikki continued; “We now come once a week outside of the Alpha Swim lessons to practise and reinforce what Nathan has been learning during his lesson. When Zac spots Nathan outside of lesson time, he always comes over to encourage him and push him to his limits.”

Now that Nathan has finished his initial course of Alpha Swim lessons, he has now signed up for a second course and looks forward to seeing the other swimmers weekly.

Andy Molyneux, Everybody Leisure’s Disability and Inclusion Lead says:

“We believe that leisure and learning activities are not passive ways of spending time, rather a way of gaining enjoyment, satisfaction, achievement, pleasure and inclusion. Leisure time is where people develop social skills, form friendships and increase their practical abilities, self-worth and independence.”

He continues “We have a range of activities available across Cheshire East as part of our Ability for All programme such as activity hubs, trampolining, inclusive gym sessions and much more for children with a disability or additional needs”

Everybody Leisure’ next Alpha Swim sessions are due to start in April at Crewe Lifestyle Centre, Congleton Leisure Centre and Macclesfield Leisure Centre, to register your interest please contact: [email protected] or call Andy on: 07506 317 055.

If you would like to find out more information on Everybody Leisure’s Ability for All activities please visit: www.everybody.org.uk.


Notes to Editor

Everybody Sport & Recreation – Everybody is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. As a Health and Wellbeing Charity, Everybody Sport and Recreation aims to provide ‘leisure for life’ by changing lives through healthy recreation. The charity operates 15 leisure facilities across the Cheshire East region as well as a range of Health, Leisure Development and Outreach programmes and the new Everybody Academy, providing local training and career opportunities. For more information please visit: www.everybody.org.uk or follow on Twitter @ebleisure.

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