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City Mayor delivers pledge to bring back free swims

Posted: Mon, 04 Jul 2011 12:00

City Mayor delivers pledge to bring back free swims

Children and young people in Leicester can look forward to a summer of free swimming thanks to the delivery of a pledge made by the City Mayor Peter Soulsby.

The City Mayor pledged to bring back free swims for children and young people during this year's schools' summer holidays as part of his 100 Days Programme. The scheme will now begin on July 18 and run until the end of the summer break.

Peter Soulsby said: “Free swimming in Leicester was incredibly popular and it was a shame that government cuts last year threatened to put a stop to it.

“We are committed to helping make Leicester a healthy and active city and we know that many families will be working to a tight budget this summer when it comes to planning activities.

“We wanted to bring back free swims for young people to offer a fun activity that will encourage them, and their families, to stay active and healthy this summer."

The free swimming sessions will be available to all young people, aged 16 years or under, who live in the city.

Sessions will be offered at all eight Leicester City Council pools – Aylestone Leisure Centre, Braunstone Leisure Centre, Cossington Street Sports Centre, Evington Leisure Centre, Leisure Leys Leisure Centre, New Parks Leisure Centre and Spence Street Sports Centre.

The government cut the funding allocated for free swims across the country in the summer of 2010 but the city council extended its scheme through last year's summer break.

The city's free swims scheme was the eight most popular in the country with youngsters taking part in over 180,000 free swims.

Bringing back free swims for the schools' summer break will cost the city council around £60,000.

The City Mayor's pledge to bring back free swimming will also be extended to the schools' half-term break in October.

For more information, or to download the free swims programme, visit www.leicester.gov.uk/swimming

Tags: Children & Young People, Health and Wellbeing, Sport & Physical Activity