University and Diane Modahl coach young Salford swimmers

Thursday 28 June 2012
Diane Modahl
The University of Salford has teamed up with former Olympic athlete and Commonwealth Games medallist, Diane Modahl, to coach local children in swimming and water polo skills.

Honorary graduate Diane has worked closely with the University to create a programme of sports activity through the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation, the Amateur Swimming Association and the City of Manchester Water Polo Club, which will inspire Salford children to achieve more and give them the confidence to do it.

Around 120 children (in Years 3 and 4) are taking part in training sessions at the University’s pool to develop stroke technique and the focused thinking skills that will help them to succeed in life.

They will compete on behalf of their schools in a series of swimming galas which will culminate in a final event on Friday, 13 July which will include presentations from Diane and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Martin Hall.

Diane said: “The Diane Modahl Sports Foundation supports and shapes sporting talent and provides experiences which give young people a positive focus and a drive to succeed.

“I am delighted to be working with the University on this project since it is the perfect partner for engendering this ‘can do’ spirit amongst local children, enabling young people to strive to achieve their potential whilst still being at primary school.”

Professor Hall added: “This programme of sports-based activity offers wider benefits. Working closely with Diane and all of the partners involved, the University is proud to be raising the aspirations of local primary school children by offering them this fun and challenging experience on our campus at such an early age.”