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Walsall Council Extend Free Swim Scheme

Walsall Council Extend Free Swim Scheme
27 January 2015 3442 Views No comments

The free swimming for children programme in Walsall has been extended after the scheme proved to be popular among locals. Walsall Council has decided to extend the offer for a further 15 months, allowing more kids to get swimming.

Over 30,000 children have taken advantage of the free swimming scheme since its launch six years ago, and more are set to benefit as it will run until April next near. The programme allows children under the age of 16 to enjoy free swimming sessions at local pools.

Councillor Khizar Hussain, portfolio holder for community, leisure and culture, said: "Free swimming has been a massive success in Walsall. Affordability is key to encouraging more young people and their families to enjoy swimming, and the extension of the scheme for another year is recognition of that.

"Only a small number of local authorities offer free swimming, but for us it offers numerous benefits and is key to helping us meet our aim of more people, more active, more often and improving the overall health and well being of our youngest residents.

"Free swimming is a fabulous opportunity for young people and I would encourage them and their families to take advantage of the scheme."

Three venues are included in the offer: Oak Park Leisure Centre, Walsall Gala Baths and Darlaston Swimming Pool. To take advantage of the scheme at any of these pools, you must live in he borough of Walsall and have registered. If your child has previously registered, they won't need to again.

The decision to extend the offer for another year is part of Walsall Council's commitment toward "more people, more active, more often." The council is helping to boost fitness levels across the borough with a number of schemes aimed at getting people moving.

For more information on what you have to do to get your kids involved in the free swimming programme, visit the council's website.