Inspire the Children with our FREE School Assemblies
Here at Elite Swimming Academy, we don’t just teach children how to swim, we also go into schools free of charge to inspire them to achieve their dreams in life and work hard. ESA founder Ed Williams does this freely for all ESA customers as an added extra to complement your experience with us.
Ed tours schools across the region every week, to speak with the children about the importance of having a dream and doing everything it takes to achieve it. The big theme he bases these assemblies around is his solo English Channel Swim and current challenge “The Ocean’s Seven” where he intends to swim the hardest Channel on each of the seven continents – battling sharks, jellyfish, extreme cold and huge distances! There is a heavy focus on the importance of trying hard and having the determination to succeed, which leaves the children feeling inspired and captivated.
Ed’s presentations are very interactive and always start with a short film of his English Channel Swim or Irish Channel Swim (see videos below.) The floor is then opened up for questions from the students to learn about the challenges and variables which make extreme distance swimming the ultimate personal challenge and how the children can take those teachings into their school work.
Talks to schools are FREE of charge and we only ask that in return, schools send a leaflet home with each child about our swimming lessons or alternatively an email to parents with a link to our website.
School Assembly Testimonials
“We all found your Channel Swim talk hugely inspiring – what a goal and what an achievement! It was a wonderful coincidence you chose to tell the girls that the purpose of talking to them was to work towards their goal/dream, given that we are currently thinking about how to nurture the learning characteristic of ‘direction’. The video footage of your swim is really powerful but having you there to introduce it and then to answer questions made it unforgettable. My colleagues and I were particularly struck by your professional handling of the girls’ questions – thank you.”
Katie Milne – Head of Junior School for the Stephen Perse Foundation, Cambridge
Mrs Whyte – Head teacher at Bar Hill Primary School, Cambs
Mrs Charlotte Avery – Head of St Mary’s School – Cambridge
Mrs Sharon Williams – head of Newnham Croft Primary – Cambridge