Olympian to open new swimming school

Swimming coaches Bill Elgar (left) and Marc Spackman, who are opening a new swimming school, Flipperfeet, later this month.

Swimming coaches Bill Elgar (left) and Marc Spackman, who are opening a new swimming school, Flipperfeet, later this month.

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Former Olympian Marc Spackman and swimming coach Bill Elgar are aiming to keep the Olympic legacy alive by opening a new swimming school in the Vale.

The new school, known as Flipperfeet, will open at the Wendover pool in Wharf Road on Tuesday February 25.

It has been set up with the goal of building on the legacy left by the London 2012 Olympics, and also the aim of inspiring more people to take up swimming.

Spackman said: “We decided to create a new swim school in an already competitive sector, however I am confident we can deliver the best possible lessons in a safe and fun environment while teaching swimmers in the right way.”

As an athlete, Spackman won medals at the 1999 and 2000 World Championships as part of the Great Britain men’s 4x200m freestyle relay team, before competing at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Flipperfeet is also starting lessons for adults in April.

These lessons are for non-swimmers and adults with injuries.

Fellow coach Elgar said: “We decided to start our own swim school to give real value for money and the best teaching possible.’