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Council to provide free swimming for children during summer holidays

Council leader Rob Waltham, fellow councillors and pool representatives launch the summer swimming scheme
Council leader Rob Waltham, fellow councillors and pool representatives launch the summer swimming scheme

To support positive activities for children and young people across the region, North Lincolnshire Council and Epworth Pool are once again this year providing free swimming for thousands of children across the area.

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Throughout the school summer holidays, children aged 16 and under can swim for free during the ‘summer daze’ swimming sessions at council-run leisure centres and Epworth Pool.

Every year, the council provides free swimming sessions during the school summer holidays to those aged 16 and under. Last year, children and young people visited the council’s swimming pools 16,189 times.

Children can swim free at:

Ancholme Leisure Centre

The Pods

Baysgarth Leisure Centre

Riddings Pool

Epworth Pool

Swimming supervision ratios apply and a wrist band system will be in place. The bands system guarantees a minimum of 40 minutes swimming time.

During ‘summer daze family’ sessions, all children must be accompanied in the pool by an adult.

Free swimming runs until Monday 3 September 2018.

Visit www.northlincs.gov.uk/swimming for further details and to view the pool programmes for each leisure centre.

Supported by North Lincolnshire Council Community Grant, Epworth Swimming Pool are also offering free swimming during the summer holidays, the pool programme for Epworth can be found by visiting www.epworthpool.co.uk/timetable

North Lincolnshire Council Positive Activities are a range of activities for young people to enjoy and take part in across sport, leisure, culture, arts, youth and heritage. These are planned for young people to learn new things and gain new skills, get active and stay well, build friendships and socialise with people with similar interests and most importantly - have fun!

To find out what other ‘Positive Activities’ are on offer for children during the summer holidays visit www.positiveactivities.co.uk

Councillor David Rose, cabinet member for Children, Families, Learning and Leisure, said: “Swimming is an important skill that children should have and it is beneficial for them to start at a young age. It not only helps their development but makes sure they are safe in water.

“Over the past eight years, the council has provided free swimming sessions in the summer holidays for children under 16.

“Last year, children enjoyed 16,189 free swims at our leisure centres during the summer holidays worth around £42,000. This represents a huge investment.

“These sessions are always really popular and are a great way to keep children active and busy during their time off.”