Fife Sports and Leisure Trust have won the 'Learn to Swim Provider of the Year' Award.

And as a winner they'll receive an exclusive poolside visit from the Olympic, World and Commonwealth champion Duncan Scott and Paralympian and World Champion Toni Shaw.

The programme currently has more than 8,000 participants per week and Lee Cunningham, activities manager at the trust, said:  “This award is a testament to our team’s commitment and dedication in providing a safe and nurturing environment for children to learn to swim.

“There are so many important reasons for children to learn this vital life skill.

"Not only does it enhance safety for kids, but it also improves physical exercise and helps to develop social skills.

"We are always looking to help kids along that journey in whatever way we can.”

Dunfermline Press: Fife Sports and Leisure Trust have won an award for their 'learn to swim' programme.Fife Sports and Leisure Trust have won an award for their 'learn to swim' programme. (Image: Newsquest)

The award, sponsored by Scottish Water, actually comes at a tumultuous time for swimming classes in the area with local school pool closures ahead, lengthy waiting lists for lessons and a demand for Fife Council to put swimming back on the primary school curriculum.

Kids can currently learn to swim at facilities such as Woodmill and Inverkeithing high schools - the pools there are set to close - and Cowdenbeath Leisure Centre, which will shut next year for a major refurbishment, as well as the Carnegie Leisure Centre in Dunfermline.

Euan Lowe, CEO at Scottish Swimming said: “Fife Sports and Leisure Trust was praised for their unwavering dedication to providing children with opportunities to embrace the pool.

"The team in Fife have played a pivotal role in shaping the next generation of swimmers, showing that the Learn to Swim programme is going from strength to strength.”