Even Pink Duck Swims

The first of a series of books, Even Pink Duck Swims takes children through the stages of learning to swim, following guidelines set by ASA. The author, Pina Hannan, is an ASA Level 3 Swimming Club Coach, ASA Level 2 Adult and Child Swimming Teacher.

Take a look what others had to say about it.

“I’m really impressed with this magical little book! One of the most effective tools for teaching young children is through story-telling, and the great thing about these stories is the messages within. The youngsters will not only learn about key water skills through play, but also hear about friendship, working with other children, helping each other, sharing, aspiration and listening to instruction.

Pina is a very experienced and successful swimming instructor, specialising in children who may have had traumatic experiences in the water or have phobias, and has written a really unique and intelligent text that young children will love and be motivated to learn how to swim.  I recommend this highly.”

Russ Barber – Director of Coaching – City of Sheffield Swim Squad and 3x TeamGB Olympic Coach.


“We liked that the book was the first in a series – we thought it would be really nice to follow the characters as they progressed through the different swimming levels in the subsequent books.”


“The book is aimed at 4-7 year olds – we thought the language, story content and swimming ability of the characters was appropriate for this age group.”




“We liked the quiz at the end of the story – this would have been fun to try out practically with younger children.”



“As a parent, I would have used this book to introduce my child to the idea of swimming lessons before they started.  By following the group of children through their swimming lessons, the book illustrates how the ASA programme works in practice. The book is informative, and introduces concepts such as swimming aids, technique, basic technical terms and water safety. Most importantly, the book emphasizes that learning to swim can be fun.

As a parent, learning to swim for my two children was not optional. Initially, I saw swimming as a skill necessary to preserve life in the case of an emergency, but as my children progressed through their lessons, I saw that learning to swim offered much more than this. It gave them opportunities to make new friends, have fun and develop their confidence, fitness, strength and stamina. It offered a series of goals, and a sense of achievement and pride when these were reached. My children now have a skill that will last them a lifetime.

The experiences and emotions that myself and my children encountered through the learn to swim programme are reflected in the story of ‘Even Pink Duck Swims’. I strongly believe that all children should learn to swim, and that this beautifully written book will help introduce even the most reluctant of children to the idea of learning to swim.”

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The NEC Masters is the culmination of the 2017 wheelchair tennis season and is the most prestigious event on the ITF’s UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.  The event is organised and hosted by the Tennis Foundation, Great Britain’s leading tennis charity, as a platform to get more people playing tennis and promote it as a sport that is inclusive and accessible to all.

The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters will be based at Loughborough University from 29th November -3rd December and will be the top 8 men, women and quad players in the world competing, including those who won medals in the Rio Paralympics and many hold grand slam titles.

In previous years the event was hosted in Lee Valley Tennis and Hockey Centre, Stratford, London. It has been very successful and has created a lot of opportunities for local groups to engage in the event and follow on activities.

Now moving to Loughborough we are starting all over again and are really looking to get the local community involved and benefiting from it. We have various opportunities for the local community to get involved including day trip packages, ball crew and volunteer opportunities.



Register your school or college now to enable a whole class to watch the world’s top wheelchair tennis players in action at the NEC Masters at Loughborough University from 29 November – 3 December.

Your school or college will be able to get active themselves and play tennis in our activity zone, where we have inflatable games and qualified coaches at hand! Then take your group through to the main event and watch Grand Slam champions and Rio Paralympians battle it out at the end of year championships!

Tickets to attend the event, including access to the activity zone, cost just £1 for each child, with teachers free.

To register your schools interest complete our form by clicking on the link below:


Community groups can also register for tickets by clicking the link below:

For more details about the event see

For further information please contact Claire McCulloch

Disability Competitions Coordinator.

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Gold for the Hollingwood Girls Football Team

We were delighted to welcome Mary Swanwick Primary School, Brampton Primary School, Hollingwood Primary School and Old Hall Junior School to our U11 Girls Mini Soccer Final hosted by Springwell Community College.

One teacher, from Mary Swanwick Primary School, said; “These girls have absolutely love it today. I think it’s fantastic how many young girls are demonstrating some incredible skill and teamwork, especially in such a male dominated sport.”

The Springwell Community College sports leaders, our match officials, explained the decisions to ensure the young players understood and developed. With great refereeing from all leaders, it was obvious how encouraging they were towards the players throughout. One of the leaders, Ryan, said; “I’m really blown away with how good they are considering how young they all are. It’s nice how friendly they are towards the other team as well as the referee.”

After a fantastic few matches, Hollingwood Primary School took the Gold for the Year 5&6 Mini Soccer Competition and will be attending the Derbyshire County Finals to represent Chesterfield.

One pupil from Hollingwood, said; “I’ve really enjoyed myself today. I can’t believe we won. There were some awesome players but we just kept pushing and trying.”

Thank you to Springwell Community College for a fantastic venue and the help and support of the sports leaders.


For the full list of results please click here.


Year 5/6 Girls Mini Soccer Finals

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Victory for the Boys in Red

It has been an exciting but tough journey during our qualifiers and we were delighted to welcome our six finalists to the year 5/6 Mini Soccer Final hosted by Brookfield Community School.

On the pitches, we welcomed Spire Junior School, Hady Primary School, Brockwell Junior School, Brimington Junior School, Inkersall Primary School and Walton Holymoorside Primary School.

It was an exciting, competitive event with strong competition. One spectator stated, “It’s incredible to see how many of these young people are involved. The amount of talent in one place is unbelievable. Some of these children have got great skill and are bound to go far!” The sports leaders of Brookfield Community School (our match officials) were quick on their feet, ensuring the young players we keeping to the rules of the game. It seemed there wasn’t much to pull up as the players demonstrated great sportsmanship and respect to the other teams, as well as the decisions being made.

One pupil from Spire Juniors said; “Even though we didn’t do very well I still had a great time! It was hard playing against the other schools as they were really good but it was so much fun! And I think it’s the best we’ve ever played.”

After four rounds of matches it all came down to the final match. Brimington Junior School were victorious in taking the Gold and will be heading to the Derbyshire County Final.

We would like to thank Brookfield Community School for hosting the final and the sports leaders from Brookfield Community School for their support and demonstrating great leadership, ensuring they were encouraging throughout each match.


For full list of results please click here

Year 5/6 Mini Soccer Finals

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