School Swimathon is a swimming programme for school children, encouraging them to improve technique and confidence, culminating in a sponsored challenge to swim further than ever before.  The Swimathon Foundation and the ASA have joined forces with Sport Relief to help pupils across the country to ‘Swim their Best’ in School Swimathon 2014.

Participating schools will use their national curriculum weekly swim lessons throughout the 2014 Spring Term to improve pupils' swimming ability.  This will build up to a final session where pupils are sponsored to challenge themselves to swim further than ever before.

Don't forget, if your pupils want to challenge themselves further they can sign up to the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Swimathon 2014 which takes place in over 600 pools across the UK. To find our more information please visit the website at www.swimathon.org.

How it works

  1. Step 1


    Teachers register their class online to take part and set a fundraising target
  2. Step 2


    Pupils swim as far as they can in their first school swimming session
  3. Step 3


    Pupils are coached by their swimming instructors to improve their swimming, whilst working as a class to gain sponsorship
  4. Step 4

    Swim your best

    Pupils challenge themselves in their final school swimming session to swim further than they have ever swum before
  5. Step 5

    Pay in your money

    After pupils have swum their best, collect the sponsorship money and pay in at sportrelief.com/schoolspayin

Meet our partners

Swimathon Foundation

The Swimathon Foundation, a company limited by guarantee, is the independent registered charity which owns the annual national Swimathon event.

The Swimathon Foundation, through its trading subsidiary, arranges the staging and promotion of the Swimathon event in a nationwide network of participating swimming pools, to encourage members of the public, whatever their age or ability, to understand and realise the benefits of regular swimming as a means to improve health and wellbeing and to achieve personal fitness goals. In addition, The Swimathon Foundation aims to support local communities in their efforts to promote the benefits of swimming.

The Swimathon Foundation selects a National Charity Partner to promote itself and its charitable activities in association with the Swimathon and to receive funds from members of the public, including those participating in the Swimathon, in support of its activities. The Swimathon has raised funds for a variety of nominated charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, NSPCC, The British Heart Foundation, The Prince’s Trust, Marie Curie Cancer Care. For Swimathon 2014 the selected charity is Comic Relief, raising funds through the Sport Relief campaign.

The Swimathon Foundation is a charity registered at the Charities Commission Charity Number:1123870



ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) is the governing body for the sport in England and aims to encourage more people to swim – and have fun swimming more often. The ASA operates the world renowned ASA Learn to Swim Framework to take children through from their first splash to full competence in the water.

The ASA supports over 1,200 affiliated swimming clubs, organises competition throughout England, from grass-roots to elite level, and puts in place performance opportunities for swimmers to develop their skills and potential. School Swimathon increases swimming participation, raises the profile of curriculum swimming and supports the ASA’s vision that every child should learn to swim before they leave primary school.


Sport Relief

Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. The great British public has been putting in amazing performances for Sport Relief ever since it began in 2002. And, the £195 million raised so far is being put to good use, helping people living incredibly tough lives.

For 2014 and 2016, Sport Relief has partnered with Swimathon, and it will be part of the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games. By raising money for Sport Relief through School Swimathon, schools can get active and help to transform the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people both in the UK and around the world.