Speaking in a recorded video message released on June 3, Prince William declared his support for the campaign to make swimming lessons more available for all children at primary schools in England.
“Swimming is unique. It is the only sport that can save lives,” he said in a video at The Royal Channel.
“Drowning is one of the most common causes of accidental deaths in England,” he said. The father-to-be added that some of these deaths can be avoided by ensuring that all children can swim.
Speaking on behalf of the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), the governing body for the sport in England, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge cited the organization’s recent report that half of children aged seven to 11 cannot swim 25 metres unaided.
The Duke spoke of witnessing “the transformative effect learning to swim can have” on children’s lives in his work as patron of the English Schools Swimming Association.
As an avid swimmer and former water polo player who represented Scottish universities, the second-in-line to the throne spoke from experience about the advantages of swimming: “it is fit, healthy, and safe.”
“The ability to swim changes lives…Every child has a right to learn to swim,” he said.
The Duke of Cambridge, his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, and brother, Prince Harry regularly support various causes related to young people and sports in an effort to “build their skills, confidence and aspirations,” according to The Royal Foundation website. The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry has recently partnered with other charities to improve sports coaching in various communities in a project called Coach Core.
Photo Credit: The Royal Channel