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7y, 4m agoFound 7 years, 4 months ago
More than 1,000 pools run by almost 300 local councils nowl offer free swimming for people under 16 and over 60 as part of the new Government scheme.
Four out of five local councils in England have signed up to provide free swimming for under 16's. People will also be able to use pools in other areas if their own council is not taking part in the scheme.

Find out if your local council is offering free swimming in you area
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#1
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Message from Andy Burnham, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport:


We are giving 20 million people the chance to swim for free in pools the length and breadth of England.

From 1 April 2009, almost 300 local councils are providing swimming free of charge for people aged 60 and over – and more than 200 are offering free swimming to those aged 16 and under, too.


David Walliams helps Culture Secretary Andy Burnham launch the Government's £140m Free Swimming Programme.

Top swimmers Jo Jackson, Mark Foster and Heather Frederiksen also backed the initiative that will see over a thousand local pools offer free swimming to people aged 60 and over and 16 and under.



Swimming is the country’s most popular sporting activity. The Government’s free swimming initiative is an important part of our plans to secure a long-term legacy from London hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games - and to get two million people more active and more healthy. As such it is recognised through the London Inspire Programme. The Free Swimming Programme is in support of Change4Life – the nationwide movement to help everyone eat well, move more and live longer.

It is a partnership between the Government, local councils of all political colours, Sport England and swimming's governing body.

•Check if your council is offering free swimming on our list of participating local authorities.


•Local authorities own and are responsible for running the pools taking part, so check with them for more details.


•Find out which council covers where you live – just by typing in your postcode or address.

City, district and unitary councils are responsible for providing free swimming so you should contact them in the first instance.



Please note:

•To take part, you may be asked to prove your age
•Councils may ask you to apply for a free swimming membership card – at no cost or for a minimal fee
•If your own council does not offer free swimming and you are in either age group, you can use a pool owned by any participating local authority, whether nearby or anywhere else in England, please also see out Frequently asked questions for swimmers
•For more information about the free swimming initiative, please see our Frequently asked questions for local authorities
•For more information about swimming, see the British swimming website
•Find out what Sport England is doing to get us more active.

I hope you will join the thousands – we hope millions! – of people, young and old, who will take the plunge this year, thanks to free swimming.

Andy Burnham
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
#2
I can confirm this works :)

I went to my leisure centre and filled in some forms and was given a card for each child.
FREE swimming, yippee :)
HOT from me
#3
at our baths we had to pay £2.00 each for the card for each child & then free swimming until 2011
#4
my council didnt do this wen i was at school :-( but hot!
#5
Some councils are allowing free swimming for 18's and under, Durham being one of them. Youngsters can register as long as they haven't reached their 19th birthday so quite a generous scheme. http://www.durham.gov.uk/Pages/Service.aspx?ServiceId=644

Worth checking on your local council website ;-)
#6
Can you use pools in a neighbouring authority if your authority DOES offer free swimming? May parents are just in one area but the pools are a long way from them, they want to use the pool in the nearby area but that's not where they pay council tax.

Hope this makes sense - thanks to anyone who can help!
#7
My daughter has recently signed up for this and it works well. Pool gets busy but she loves it! x
#8
northern ireland loses out again, :(
#9
Oh good two close by Local Authorities, one refused to take part (Bromley Council) and Croydon has it for over 60's only.

Just 20yrs to wait and 50yrs for my kids.........
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rbw you will have to check what the local authority requirement is in your area, I rang mine in April and they said anyone is welcome as long as they can prove their age, they were not doing cards as it was expensive to administer so they said just turn up at any free swimming session. I rang the pool that I wanted to use, they were very helpful.
#11
We got our cards through a link that was posted on the swimming baths website.

The cards took a few months to come, but we were able to use the printed reciept to go swimming during public swimming times
#12
Liverpool have been doing this for years, it's usually time restricted (usually before 4pm during the week, after midday at a weekend)
#13
North Hampshire out too!!
#14
chumsut
northern ireland loses out again, :(


It's your local council that pays for it, so in what way are you losing out? :? You aren't paying for it! :-D
#15
I went swimming with my sister in law and her 5 year old daughter, my sister in law is 36 and I am 29 so we went to the reception and I asked the receptionist how much it was to use the pool.

He said "adults are £3.20 and it is free to under 18's so you and your little sister can swim for free, so you just need to pay for 1 adult" ooooooommmyyyyygoddddd I was gobsmacked, now I know I look younger then I am but I was sooo happy he thought I was sooo young. did I correct him? hell no :)
#16
Lexa
I went swimming with my sister in law and her 5 year old daughter, my sister in law is 36 and I am 29 so we went to the reception and I asked the receptionist how much it was to use the pool.

He said "adults are £3.20 and it is free to under 18's so you and your little sister can swim for free, so you just need to pay for 1 adult" ooooooommmyyyyygoddddd I was gobsmacked, now I know I look younger then I am but I was sooo happy he thought I was sooo young. did I correct him? hell no :)


i bet your sister in law felt old, your have to start calling her mum lol
#17
kerri_<3_bargain
my council didnt do this wen i was at school :-( but hot!


Yeah funny that - nor was bus travel free. And they still blame us for the recession! :x
#18
RBW
Can you use pools in a neighbouring authority if your authority DOES offer free swimming? May parents are just in one area but the pools are a long way from them, they want to use the pool in the nearby area but that's not where they pay council tax.

Hope this makes sense - thanks to anyone who can help!

RBW
Seems like you can use any pool as long as it is taking part in the free swimming scheme

http://www.culture.gov.uk/what_we_do/sport/5972.aspx

http://www.culture.gov.uk/what_we_do/sport/5974.aspx
#19
Brilliant idea. but not running in Hull. :x heat added anyway
#20
offer has been on a while in Presotn, Lancs, (fulwood, west view, bamber bridge) great offer, even the FUN swims are free, NOW that is a blessing during the summer holidays!!! can go the GYM now..

@lexa, ROFL ... . your mirror at home must be lying to you. How you get if off Snow whites step mother?????
#21
Bloody typical...oldies only get free swimming in my area (Wealden)
#22
live2giveuk
@lexa, ROFL ... . your mirror at home must be lying to you. How you get if off Snow whites step mother?????


This is the dark side mate we never get old :-D
#23
accytrader
It's your local council that pays for it, so in what way are you losing out? :? You aren't paying for it! :-D


cause we arent included so we pay for our swimming............
#24
My local isnt doing it and we went to one in another area and the queues were unbelievable to get in!!
#25
haha the swimming pool near me (shrewsbury) its under 18's not 16's swim free. Im 16 but told the guy i was 15, so, i get an extra year swimming free and a free card!!
#26
our local swimming baths - Coseley Baths under Dudley Council., will be shutting soon so thanx Dudley Council (av been 2day with kidz) CAREFUL YOUR LOCAL COUNCIL DONT CLOSE YOUR POOL.
#27
the pool by me is private but the kids just filled in a form and can know use that one, must have an agreement with the council :roll::roll:
#28
North Kesteven District Council is doing this... Sleaford isn't the best swimming pool in the world, but two kids for free who's complaining? :)

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