Free swimming scheme for children returns to Hartlepool for the summer

The free swim scheme, which was first held in 2013, is set to be held again this summer, starting on August 3.

The free swim scheme, which was first held in 2013, is set to be held again this summer, starting on August 3.

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Children in Hartlepool will be able to make a splash this summer as a free swimming scheme returns.

The initiative, which was held for the first time in 2013, allows those under the age of 16 to swim for free on weekday mornings at the town’s Mill House Leisure Centre, on Raby Road.

The free swims scheme last year was very popular, and I am delighted that we are able to repeat the scheme this summer

Coun Christopher Akers-Belcher

The scheme has been organised by Hartlepool Borough Council, and will run between Monday, August 3, and Friday, August 28.

Last summer, 5,147 took advantage of the programme, and the sessions have now been extended by an hour, so will be on between 10am and 1.30pm.

Coun Christopher Akers-Belcher, the leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “The free swims scheme last year was very popular, and I am delighted that we are able to repeat the scheme this summer.

“Swimming is a great way to keep fit, and if we can encourage all young people to be active in their early years there is more chance of them staying fit and healthy as they grow older.

“We are well aware of the financial pressures that some families are facing, and it is really important we encourage children and the young people of our town to take part in recreational activities.

“The free swims scheme also fits perfectly with our health and wellbeing strategy, which aims to improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities among the population of Hartlepool.”

The council is providing free bus transport to and from the leisure centre for children, with pick-up points at every school in the town. For more information, and for full details of the bus timetables, call 01429 223791.