This project will evaluate the impact of a new swimming initiative on children and adolescents in the city of Malmö, Sweden.

The intervention is being led by Malmö City Council and is providing swimming lessons to young children as well as improving access to indoor swimming pools.

Data on swimming ability is routinely collected by local schools and this will be used to assess the physical effects of the scheme.

In order to understand the wider impact on attitudes to aquatic environments, extra data will be collected through a series of questionnaires from September 2017 to the end of December 2018.

Led by Jonas Bjork at Lund University, the team wants to understand how early-age interventions like this might boost health and wellbeing as well as change attitudes to water-based environments.

They will work closely with Frida Hansdotter Pilgaard at Malmö City Council and the school administration, maintaining contact through a series of meetings and seminars.