SCHOOLCHILDREN dived in the pool to receive training from Nottingham swimmer Sasha Matthews and British coach Jamie Main.
They gave an hour’s coaching on basic skills for youngsters from five primary schools yesterday.
This was followed by an hour-long session for secondary school students, who were given more challenging training.
The event at the city’s Victoria Leisure Centre was organised by the Aquinas Foundation, which helps young people realise their potential.
Mr Main, who coached British swimmers at the past three Olympic Games, said it was vital children learned basic skills.
He said: “We are teaching the primary schoolchildren some basic tips. It is really important all children have the fundamentals of swimming.
“It is a life-saving skill but they can also build their self-confidence in the pool which can benefit them in other ways as well.”
The foundation was set up in 2012 by former Nottingham Forest footballer Jermaine Jenas and his friend from Clifton, Craig Anderson.
To date, they have run several football sessions for youngsters as a reward for them doing well in school.
Yesterday was the first time they had run a session on a different sport.
They hope to broaden it further with other sports.
Mr Anderson said: “Jermaine and I wanted to do something positive, so we thought why not give youngsters the chance to have a go at sports.
“Originally, Sasha was coming to the swimming session on her own. It is great we have got Jamie to agree to come as well.”
The first session yesterday saw two children go from Riverside Primary in The Meadows, Southwark Primary in Basford, Arnold View Primary, Whitegate Primary in Clifton and Dunkirk Primary.
Mr Main talked to the children about different techniques before Miss Matthews demonstrated it in the water and they had a go themselves.
Leo Albert, eight, of Dunkirk Primary, said: “I’ve done lots of things like front crawl. They are really good teachers.”
Paris Burrell, ten, of Southwark Primary, said: “It is really fun. I like going swimming. It makes it even better to get training off Jamie and Sasha.”
Whitegate Primary pupil Maizie Smith, eight, said: “It is a really good session. They are showing us lots of different things.”
The secondary schools included Carlton le Willows Academy, Holgate Academy in Hucknall and Becket School in Wilford.
We will be catching up with the individual schools so watch this space for more information and follow up stories!