Parents in UK say goggle ban at school swimming lessons is ‘nutty’

February 26th, 2011 - 5:09 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 26 (ANI): Parents in Oxfordshire have called the government’s move to ban goggles at school swimming lessons as ‘nutty’ and ‘extreme.’

According to the ruling by Oxfordshire County Council, kids would not be able to wear goggles in the pool during school lessons.

Pen-pushers have slapped the ban on the swimming aids amid ‘fears’ a pair could ’snap’ onto a child’s face too hard, injuring them.

“It hurts my eyes if we swim without them and I go in the water,” the Telegraph quoted teenage swimmer Danni McFadden, as saying.

Her mother Carmel Ryan said, “I remember being a child and I thought it was great swimming underwater. It makes swimming more fun. The professional swimmers wear goggles.”

“It’s a bit nutty. If they think someone is messing around with them, they should correct it. They do protect the eyes,” she said.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Oxfordshire County Council refused to divulge the specific reason why goggles had been banned from its swimming pools.

“This local authority, like others throughout the UK, reflects to schools the national guidance provided by various governing sport bodies on this issue,” he said. (ANI)

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