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Free swims helping keep older people healthy and active

Published 18th May 2018

Free swimming at Wednesbury Leisure Centre

People aged 60-plus in Sandwell can swim for free all year round under a popular Sandwell Council scheme.

Free swimming for people aged 60 and over is available at Sandwell swimming centres – check with individual centres for times of the free sessions.

Sandwell Council has recently extended its free swimming scheme, which also provides free sessions for young people aged 16 and under during the school holidays.

More than 7,500 older people have become members of the scheme since it launched in June 2013, and they have enjoyed nearly 90,000 swims since the programme was first extended in April 2015.

Recent surveys have also showed that people aged 60-plus swim more often when free swimming is available, with them keen to boost their health.

Councillor Bill Gavan, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for leisure, said: “Our free public swimming scheme for older and younger residents has been a great success and we felt it was very important to extend it for a further two years.

“Swimming has big benefits for people’s physical and mental health – and is also good fun and an opportunity to socialise.

“I’d encourage people of all ages to check out our fantastic swimming centres across Sandwell, including our new pools in Tipton, West Bromwich and Wednesbury. We also have the state-of-the-art aquatics centre on the way in Smethwick.”

Sandwell Council works with Sandwell Leisure Trust and Places for People Leisure, which run swimming centres in Sandwell. Go to our leisure webpage for more information.

Councillor Elaine Costigan, cabinet member for public health and protection, added: "I am very pleased that the council is carrying on this great free service for people aged 60 and over."