Free swimming to continue for young and old
Despite government cuts to funding, Slough Borough Council’s cabinet is set to approve that free swimming for young and old will continue until the end of August. And, from then on the council, and Slough Community Leisure Limited (SCLL), could be offering a series of options to help young people and the elderly swim for free.
The options include:
- Children go free at weekends when accompanied by a paying adult
- 10 swims for the price of seven for under 17s
- Free swimming for children from low income families
- Free swimming session for over 60s
The options can be combined to make the best situation for local residents and will only be open to people from Slough.
Andrew Stevens, assistant director for learning and cultural engagement, said: “One of our priorities at the council is to encourage people to take part in regular physical exercise and sport.
“The packages we are suggesting benefit young people from low income families, encourage family swimming and gives an incentive to take part in regular physical activity.”
Councillor Shafiq Chaudhry, commissioner for community and leisure, said: “The free swimming has been exceptionally successful and despite the government removing the funding from it in July last year we have continued to offer it to our younger and older residents.
“Though we are unable to continue offering free swimming across the board after August, we believe this package of offers means people who most need help to access physical activity will still be able to do so.”