Kids swim for free in Islington
By JulieGK | Monday, July 23, 2012, 15:10
Young people in Islington can splash out for free at the borough's swimming pools this summer.
Swim for free in Islington.
Islington Council and Aquaterra Leisure have joined forces to offer free swimming sessions to young people aged 16 or under at
Archway Leisure Centre, Cally Pool and Highbury Pool.
The free swims are
available during any casual or fun session from Tuesday 24 July - Sunday 2
The initiative is part of Islington Council's drive
to help young people get more active and interested in sport during the
Islington Council's executive member for leisure,
Janet Burgess, said:
"We want to make Islington a fairer place for
everyone. These free swimming sessions mean that all young people in Islington
have a chance to get fit and enjoy themselves for free this summer.
"Swimming in Islington has always been free for
children under three years-old and this will continue, so for parents wanting to
get their children active during the holidays, swimming is a great option for
the whole family." Young people who want to take advantage of the free
Islington swims must register for a Swim Card at one of the three participating
pools. Those already in possession of a Swim Card or Junior Izz Card should
continue to bring this along with them on every visit. For more information on
how to register, go to www.aquaterra.org/islingtonfreeswimming
Antony Kildare, Chief Executive of Aquaterra
"2012 is the year to really encourage young people
in the borough to get active and we're delighted to be able to support our
partners Islington Council in offering the positive health benefits and fun that
swimming brings to as many youngsters as possible."
From July 24 adults can also benefit from free
swimming by entering Aquaterra Leisure's prize draw to win either a year of free
swimming lessons or a year's free swimming membership for ten young people.
Details can be found in the reception areas of Archway, Cally and Highbury
Earlier this year, the Amateur Swimming Association
(ASA) launched a campaign to get more schools to make swimming part of their
physical education lessons. A recent survey commissioned by the ASA found that
86 per cent of Islington school children complete the Key Stage 2 swimming