Ten thousand visitors take part in Hartlepool free swim scheme

Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, with lucky 10,000th free swims visitor Isla Grace and her parents Zoe and Aaron
Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, with lucky 10,000th free swims visitor Isla Grace and her parents Zoe and Aaron

Hartlepool’s free swimming scheme has set a new record after welcoming its 10,000th swimmer this summer.

The council-run scheme for town children at Mill House Leisure Centre has been hailed a huge success.

Little Isla Grace, accompanied by her parents Zoe and Aaron, was the lucky 10,000th visitor to enjoy free time in the pool on the last day of the scheme on Friday.

She and her family have been awarded an exclusive pass allowing them unlimited free family swims at pool for the rest of the year.

Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with this year’s amazing response from the local community to the free swims scheme, which has been more popular than ever before.

“To welcome our 10,000th free swims visitor through the doors on the final day of this year’s scheme is incredible.

“It is clear to see that this scheme is so important to not just Hartlepool youngsters, but encouragingly their parents too, with many accompanying their children on the buses or making their own way to Mill House to swim with their children.”

The fifth year of the swimming scheme saw a total of 10,075 visitors – an increase of 39% on last year.