Levelling Up Health and Wellbeing

BOSP Inclusive Swimming

Creating opportunities for all

BOSP Inclusive Swimming is a project set up in Basildon to provide the opportunity for children with complex disabilities or life-limiting illnesses to enjoy swimming.

Run from the hydrotherapy pool at the Pioneer Special Needs School in Basildon, the project enables the children to experience freedom of movement and relaxation that is not possible on a day-to-day basis, leading to increased fitness, confidence, independence, and emotional wellbeing.


Group 1
Who is it for?
Children and young people who are BOSP service users in Basildon
Goal 1
Prime Objective:
to enable young people with complex needs to access swimming
Goal 2
Second Objective:
to relieve family pressures by providing much needed respite

Children aged between 4-18 years old attend the project, and are living with multiple complex disabilities. The project offers swimming as it is an excellent activity for the target audience as it is a gentle form of non-weight bearing exercise. The warm water, combined with fun exercises has resulted in the improvement of the childrens range of movement, strengthening key muscles. It also acts as a muscle relaxant, leading to reduced pain and discomfort often experienced in joints and muscles.

Funded through Active Essex, they have offered support to BOSP to ensure their participants have the opportunity to attend physical activity and sport sessions, like swimming, which is readily available to their mainstream peers.

I am so happy the inclusive swimming is back as it's my child's favourite thing in the world as he hasn't been able to swim for nearly two years. BOSP is the ONLY place where they can swim and when the swimming bag comes out in the morning, my child is so happy and can't stop smiling.
Parent of participant
children & young people participated
parent/young carers received respite