Swimming most popular sport for Portsmouth’s pupils

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes, second right, and Minister of State for Schools The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, centre, with representatives from Portchester Community School  and Henry Cort Community College

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SWIMMING is the most popular sport in Portsmouth, according to a parent survey.

Two out of five parents who responded to Asda’s survey said their children swam on a regular basis – compared with playing football (31 per cent) and cricket (seven per cent).

It comes as the supermarket offers families in the region free activity sessions in the summer holidays .

This includes martial arts at Baffins Community Centre and football at Miltoncross School.

Fiona Campbell-Reilly, of Asda, said: ‘The results of our survey show some interesting statistics.

‘We also found 92 per cent of parents are only willing to take children to activities within a half-hour distance of where they live.

‘This is an important statistic and one we’ve tried to act on it. Now every customer in Portsmouth should be able to choose from at least five activities within a 10-mile radius of the store they pick the vouchers up from.

‘This should help reduce the cost of keeping children entertained and healthy this summer.’

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