Council invests in free swimming for Isle kids this summer

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North Lincolnshire Council is once again supporting young people’s development by providing free swimming sessions during the summer holidays.

Children and young people aged 16 and under can swim for free at all the council’s leisure centres and Epworth Pool between 22 July and 5 September.

Children can swim at Epworth Pool for free every day during any public swim or fun hour session. Details of the sessions can be found on the summer holiday timetable at www.epworthpool.co.uk.

At The Pods, the free swim sessions take place every day between 9am and 12.30pm and at Ancholme Leisure Centre, Baysgarth Leisure Centre and Riddings Pool from 9am to 4pm.

Children can swim for free when the ‘summer daze’ sessions are listed on the swimming timetables.

Swimming is a great way for children and young people to keep active. Physical activity helps their development and can improve concentration in the classroom, giving them every chance of doing well.

Swimming pool supervision ratios will apply and a band system will be in place. This guarantees each child a minimum of 40 minutes swimming time.

Councillor Carl Sherwood, cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing said: “We believe that by investing in young people’s health and wellbeing at an early age will help them get the most out of life. It is a key priority for the council; it not only keeps people active and occupied during the school summer holidays, but it can teach young people from an early age just how important it is to keep fit and active throughout their lives. It helps prevent and tackle health problems. The free swimming sessions will help many young people lead healthy lives. It will also help save lives. Many people, particularly during the hot weather are drawn to water. Being able to swim can also help save lives.

“The sessions are extremely popular, which is why we have brought them back again this year and we continue to work with Epworth Pool to make sure Isle children don’t miss out!

“Swimming is a fantastic way to keep active, whilst having fun. It is important that children and young people take part in exercise; it has numerous benefits.

“This is a great opportunity not to be missed. Take a look at the swimming timetables for each leisure centre to find out when the free sessions are.”

For details about swimming times, visit www.northlincs.gov.uk/leisure/swimming/