Venice-based L.A. Surf and Swim is accepting submissions from local schools for a chance to have a new pool built at the school.

L.A. Surf and Swim has announced that it will pay for a pool to be built in a portion of the winning schoolís playground or parking lot.

The head of the company, coach Sydney Lovelace, has 18 years of experience coaching and teaching swimming. He has worked with a variety of successful swimmers, including Special Olympians, Olympic Trial qualifiers and Stanford scholarship recipients.

L.A. Surf and Swim plans to form a unique partnership between the public and private sector by providing a pool for the winning school to be used for the physical education department and operation of a private swim instruction business.

Company representatives say research shows that stimulation from immersion and movement in the water helps in the developmental organization of the nervous system. Scientific studies show that active movement at a young age facilitates brain development, intellectual achievement, language acquisition, reading readiness, sensory integration and the building of self-esteem, according to L.A. Surf and Swim.

Schools interested in applying for the pools for schools program,