Taking the Plunge… Beech Hall School Set for Charitable Channel Swim
Inspirational pupils from Beech Hall School have launched their latest charitable venture, an English Channel relay swim with an ambitious fundraising target of £25,000.
Following an intense qualifying event, the BHS English Channel Swim Relay Squad was formed. 13 pupils in Year 8 to 11 at the Tytherington-based school will embark on the highly-demanding challenge in a bid to raise much-needed funds for Mencap, a charity that works with individuals who have learning disabilities. On the approach to the swim, the team is being supported by wider school community to host a series of fundraising events and activities, aspiring to reach the significant amount.
Preparations to accomplish the extraordinary goal have begun, with the squad participating in a strenuous training programme. Led by qualified, open-water swimming coaches, Nikki Pope and Karen Ennis, the Beech Hall pupils are being put through their paces with twice-weekly training sessions in the school’s outdoor swimming pool, before progressing to combat the natural conditions of open water. The team is working tirelessly to develop their technique, cardio and body composition in the water.
Recognising that the Channel relay swim presents more of a mental challenge than physical, the squad has the invaluable opportunity to receive SwimMastery coaching, organised around principles intended to enable every swimmer to access their own extraordinary ability. Delivered by Nikki Pope, the training allows the whole swim squad to engage in techniques only made available by SwimMastery to elite athletes.
Headmaster, James Allen, commented: “The dedication shown by the team is already remarkable – swimming in torrential rain and a commitment to continue to train through winter, their determination and resilience are excellent qualities with which to tackle this arduous challenge.
“The Channel relay swim is an incredibly demanding, yet exceptionally rewarding task which presents the perfect opportunity for our pupils to personally challenge themselves, striving to develop their skills and self-confidence while also raising money for an exceptionally worthy cause.”
The determined Beech Hall School squad will take on the Channel in September 2021.