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Elmgrove Primary School complete the first ‘ripple’ of water safety programme

July 12th, 2017

The first ‘ripple’ of a pioneering water safety programme, The Ripple Effect, has successfully been completed by primary students at Elmgrove Primary School in East Belfast.  Sponsored by Northern Ireland charity Hope for Youth, The Ripple Effect was piloted with Elmgrove Primary School and included classroom and poolside lessons held at Avoniel Leisure Centre.  Designed to empower children and remove barriers to water safety including socio-economic burdens, the initiative is spearheaded by the City of Belfast Swimming Club and developed in line with the UK drowning prevention strategy, which aims to reduce drowning fatalities in the UK by 50% by 2026 and is supported by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS) and Speedo.