Alex is in the swim with winning design for campaign

Alex Robbins, seven, from Ranskill Primary School, shows off his winning design with BPL mascot Derek the Dolphin

Alex Robbins, seven, from Ranskill Primary School, shows off his winning design with BPL mascot Derek the Dolphin

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More than 400 pupils from schools in Bassetlaw have recently taken part in a campaign that highlights the dangers of water during the summer holidays.

Sixteen schools from in and around Bassetlaw embarked on a design competition, organised by leisure operators BPL, where young people from years one, two and three were tasked with designing a poster that depicts swim safety - featuring the BPL mascot Derek the Dolphin.

All the designs were obtained from the schools, BPL narrowed them down to one finalist from each school and then a final winner was decided upon.

Seven year-old Alex Robbins from Ranskill Primary School was the overall winner and his design has been transformed into posters, free swim vouchers, bookmarks and certificates which will be distributed right across the region to raise awareness of swim safety for young people.

A BPL swim ambassador headed to Ranskill school with Derek to unveil Alex’s winning artwork.

Simon Ferrarelli, BPL corporate aquatics manager said: “Swim safety especially around the summer months is extremely important and if we can raise this awareness through a great competition that allows the winning design to be the visual for the campaign is perfect.

“We have had a great response from the schools in Bassetlaw since we launched the campaign three years ago - this year being the best by a long way.”

For more information about the BPL swim school please visit www.bpl.org.uk or call 01226 730060