School children create polluted ‘ocean’ at local leisure centre

Published: Thu 27 February, 2020

Hood Park Leisure Centre - Ocean of plastic - Everyone Active - Feb 2020

School children in Ashby-de-la-Zouch plunged into a swimming pool full of plastic bottles at a local leisure centre as a part of a school project to recreate a polluted ‘ocean’ and raise awareness of environmental issues.

Thirty children from St Charles Catholic Primary School in Measham collected 1,000 plastic bottles and filled the splash pool at Hood Park Leisure Centre with them on Wednesday 26 February to get a sense of what it would feel like to swim in polluted waters.

The event was part of a climate change project designed to help children at the school understand the effect of plastic pollution on our seas, with all bottles recollected and recycled after the event.

Adam Knight, general manager at Everyone Active, said: “This inventive, forward-thinking school project was something we were thrilled to be a part of, and seeing so many children engaging with such an important issue for their generation was really extraordinary.

“Having the splash pool full of young swimmers and plastic waste highlighted the importance of reducing single-use plastic and how we as consumers need to work together to make different choices.”

Everyone Active, which runs Hood Park Leisure Centre in partnership with North West Leicestershire District Council, has pledged to become a single-use plastic free provider by 2025. Part of this commitment has involved the company removing single-use plastic overshoes from around pool changing rooms and poolside areas.

Councillor Andrew Woodman, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at North West Leicestershire District Council, added: “Single-use plastic is a worldwide problem and we support any work to educate people and reduce our reliance on it within our communities.

“Our ‘Recycle more…’ project aims to reduce the amount sent to landfill and we’re pleased to see young people working with their schools to raise awareness of this important issue.”

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