Swimming coach who taught thousands of Sheffield children dies at the age of 93

Bill Wall coaching Roger Pontefract
Bill Wall coaching Roger Pontefract
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A teacher who taught generations of Sheffield schoolchildren to swim has passed away at the age of 93.

Bill Wall taught youngsters to swim for 33 years at Heeley Baths and King Edward VII School, between 1949 and 1982.

Bill Wall

Bill Wall

As a 12-year-old he won a shield for the Sheffield Schools Swimming Championship when he was at Upperthorpe School.

He went on to have trials for England and represented Yorkshire at water polo and was captain of the team.

Bill was also the captain of the Sheffield Dolphins water polo team, where he was a coach, and coached swimmers to get them ready for the World Student Games in Sheffield in 1991.

Bill, who lived in Meersbrook during his teaching years, was thanked for his efforts by education bosses when he retired.

Bill Wall as a chammpion swimmer as a child

Bill Wall as a chammpion swimmer as a child

Their letter said he had played ‘a vital part in teaching successive generations of children to swim’.

Bill, whose wife Edna died in 1996, was a father-of-one with two grandchildren and three grandchildren.

His funeral is to be held at Lincoln Crematorium at 1.50pm on Monday, February 23.