Free swimming sessions for Hartlepool kids

Parents and children enjoying a swim at Mill House Leisure Centre.

Parents and children enjoying a swim at Mill House Leisure Centre.

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Youngsters will be able to dive into some fun with free swimming sessions in the town.

Hartlepool Council’s free swims scheme for children during the summer holiday will get underway on Monday, August 3.

Through the scheme, which was held for the first time in 2013, youngsters under the age of 16 can swim for free on weekday mornings at the town’s Mill House Leisure Centre.

This year it will run until Friday, August 28.

Following the success of last summer – where 5,147 children accessed the free swims programme - this year’s sessions have been extended by an hour and will be held between 10am and 1.30pm.

As part of the scheme the council is also providing free bus transport to and from the leisure centre with pick-up points from every school across the town.

Anyone under eight must be accompanied both on the bus and in the swimming pool by a parent or responsible adult over 16.

Children can choose to make their own way to Mill House but priority will be given to those travelling on the free buses.

Councillor Chris Simmons, chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Children’s Services Policy Committee, said: “I fully support any initiative which encourages young people to participate in sport and physical activity.

“Since the scheme was held for the first time in 2013 it has been welcomed by families in Hartlepool. It’s also a great way to maximise the usage of one of the town’s main leisure facilities.”

Both the swims and transport will be operated on a first come, first served basis.