Author Archives: Jack Perry

Help Luke fundraise for Action Medical Research

In June this year, Shirley Pool managing director, Luke Perry, will take part in a team endurance race on the Jurassic coast to raise money for this vital charity. ‘Race the Sun’ is a triathlon style, dawn to dusk off-road race, tackling the rugged coastline by bike, hike and kayak.

All funds raised will be donated to Action Medical Research; the leading UK charity dedicated to funding vital research to help sick and disabled babies, children, and young people. Action has been funding medical breakthroughs for 70 years now and has helped to beat polio, fight meningitis, prevent stillbirths, and develop ultrasound scanning in pregnancy.

By supporting Luke and Action Medical Research, you are helping to find ways to reduce premature birth, supporting children facing a lifetime of challenges caused by disabilities, and driving forward the development of cutting-edge therapies for rare and incurable diseases.

You can support Luke and the team by donating through the Just Giving page here.

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Inflatable Fun Sessions!

Inflatable Fun Sessions at Shirley Pool this February 1/2 term!

Monday 12th Feb – Friday16th Feb

2-3 pm

Max 20 bookings per day, book at reception

£5 per child per session

I-hour Inflatable fun session. Must be confident in the main pool and deep end (2 metre depth). The Inflatables will be out and there’ll be 2 Lifeguards on the poolside. Please note there will be no instructors in the pool.
For Ages 5 years – 14 years (no adults) who are swim confident 

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SIGN UP FOR LESSONS BEFORE FEBRUARY AND RECEIVE YOUR FIRST MONTH FREE!

YOU’LL ALSO BE ENTERED IN OUR PRIZE DRAW TO WIN A FREE PLACE IN OUR EASTER CRASH COURSE

This promotion is valid for new members only, simply click here to complete a short form and we’ll call you back within 24 hours

The prize draw will be announced on the 5th February 2024

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Southampton FC ticket giveaway!

We are running a prize giveaway on our Facebook page here. The winner will receive 2 adult and 2 children’s tickets for Saints v Huddersfield on Saturday February 10th 2024.

All you need to do is like and share our latest post, offering new members one month of free swimming lessons, and you’ll be entered into the draw.

The winning name will be chosen at random on Monday February 5th 2024. Tickets to be collected from the pool by the lucky member.

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Christmas Party Week 2023

We’re all having a great time this week, fancy dress, mince pies and biscuits, pool inflatable, balloons everywhere, Christmas music, and games!

Have you had your picture taken?

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STA Teacher Training course another huge success

A huge congratulations to the learners who completed their STA Level 2 Award in Swimming Teaching, over the October half term.

All passed with flying colours, with two of the candidates passing with a 100% result on their exam! This goes into the books as another course with a perfect 100% pass rate for the tutor David.

A huge well done to all of the swimmers who took part, all achieving amazing progress throughout the week.

The next course will be February half term, so if you’d like a crash course for your child which provides incredible value for money, keep an eye on our website and Facebook pages for more coming information. More information on our crash courses here.

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Update from David Perry following his successful Bosphorus swim

“A massive thank you to all the Shirley Pool customers who sponsored my recent swim in aid of Mountbatten Cancer Hospice. We raised an amazing £2,000, double the original target. 

The cross continental swim in Istanbul was a fantastic event, 2,600 swimmers from 79 countries were loaded on three boats and shipped 6.5k upstream to the start in Kanlıca.on the Asian side of Istanbul.

All shipping was stopped for two hours as competitors leapt from the ships into the fast flowing Bosphorus where a  powerful current from the Black Sea swept down towards Kuruçeşme on the European side of the river.

My swim was going to plan and I was moving so fast with the current, I thought I was going to break all records in my age group. However, the excitement got the better of me and I ended up too far left in the river, pushed down by the powerful flow. That meant a horrible swim across the flow to make the finish line and avoid being swept under the bridge towards the med. 

Completely exhausted, I could hardly haul myself up the ladders to the timing mat and I was grateful for a strong arm of a lifeguard as the blood flowed back to my cramping legs.

The best news of the day was when I accessed the results. Looking at the history of the swim and pictures of previous swimmers displayed at the event, I noticed that Ian Thorpe and one of my boyhood heroes, Mark Spitz, had previously completed the swim, in 2012. Spitz, who was 60 at the time, swam the race in one hour eleven  minutes. 

My official time, even with disastrous navigation: 64:32!

Happy Days”

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Support David Perry on his Cross-Continent Swim

David, landlord and long time director of Shirley Swimming Pool, hasn’t hung up his trunks since retiring.

Early morning lane swimmers may have seen him training at the pool over the past few months, as he gets ready for his biggest swim to date; the Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race.

David and his wife, Viv, are driving to Istanbul, Turkey, to take part in this annual race to raise money for Mountbatten Hospice; a wonderful charity that has been invaluable in the care of both of David’s parents.

Read more and donate here

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June Crash Course a roaring success!

Crash Course Week over the half term week just gone, was another roaring success with the children involved achieving badges and improvements in their skills and water safety.

It was also  a big hit with the parents at £20 a head for five days of teaching. The swimmers were led by the latest young students working towards their first level of swimming teachers qualification. the STA Award. 

Under the close eye of STA Tutor David Perry, the students underwent 50 hours of theory and practical tuition followed by a final examination. All six passed with flying colours and four have been hired to start teaching at Shirley Pool. 

Shirley Pool  is an Approved Training Centre for the Swimming Teachers Association and has a 100% success rate with Award and Certificate Courses.

The next Award course is scheduled for the October half term. Crash courses for the children will take place this summer.

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Sunday 11th June Public Swim = Cancelled

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this Sunday 11th June, our Public Swim is Cancelled 10am-12pm

We hope to have it back the week after but they are still on during the morning weekday sessions

Small Pool lessons and Adult Lane Swimming will still be on this Sunday

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