Free swims to launch in Hartlepool

West View Primary School pupils Kaleb Cairns, Megan Taubman and Jordan Allison celebrate the news that swimming will be free for everyone in Hartlepool aged under 16 during the school summer holidays.

West View Primary School pupils Kaleb Cairns, Megan Taubman and Jordan Allison celebrate the news that swimming will be free for everyone in Hartlepool aged under 16 during the school summer holidays.

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HARTLEPOOL children can start to benefit from free swims from Wednesday.

Youngsters under the age of 16 can swim for free on mornings at the town’s Mill House Leisure Centre, in Raby Road, each weekday from Wednesday, July 24, to Friday, August 30.

Hartlepool Borough Council is also providing free bus transport to and from Mill House for under 16s with pick-up points from every school.

Both the free swims and free transport will be operated on a “first-come, first-served” basis and children can choose to make their own way to Mill House. But priority to the pool will be given to those travelling on the free council buses.

Council leader councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher said: “Local residents have informed us that a free swimming scheme at Mill House would be much-welcomed given the financial pressures that many families are facing and everyone recognises that swimming is one of the best ways to stay fit and healthy.”

There will three bus routes, north, south and central, with two buses on each route on weekday mornings with the first buses setting off at 8.50am. Youngsters will have an hour in the pool before getting back on the bus.

Anyone under eight must be accompanied both on the bus and in the swimming pool by a parent or responsible adult over 16 and accompanying parents or responsible adults will be required to pay the normal admission charge.

Bus timetable information is available at Mill House, Headland Sports Hall, Brierton Sports Centre, the Civic Centre and all libraries or by calling (01429) 223791.

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