Free swimming sessions for under 18s
Written by BBC News on February 25, 2019
Young people under the age of 18 will be able to take advantage of free-swimming sessions at public swimming pools across the borough Telford and Wrekin Council has announced.
The council is to expand its free-swimming offer to all borough residents under the age of 18 from 1 April 2019 for two years.
The offer is part of a series of new one-off investments which will total £3.6m, made possible following changes to the council’s finances including a one-off VAT refund, with a number of these designed to help improve people’s health.
With a residents’ Telford Loyalty Card, the free-swimming offer will be available across all four Telford and Wrekin Leisure swimming pools at Newport Swimming Pool, Wellington Civic and Leisure Centre, Oakengates Leisure Centre, and Abraham Darby Sports and Leisure Centre, and will include public swimming and male/female only sessions at each pool site.
There is good news for older swimmers too. The council will also extend its £1 swim for all borough residents over 50 for another three years. These sessions include all public swimming sessions, male/female only and adults’ only sessions with a Telford Loyalty Card.
Councillor John Minor, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Green Spaces and Parks, said: “It’s great we can extend our free swimming offer to even more young residents in Telford & Wrekin thanks to our budget approach we can now offer free and subsidised swimming for the majority of people in the borough. We are hopeful this will help encourage more people to be more active and that’s got to be a good thing for people’s health.”