Free public swimming for residents aged 50 and over
Local residents aged 50 and over, will be able to swim for free at Telford & Wrekin Council leisure centres from next week (1 APR).
The initiative is part of the Council’s budget for 2015/16 which was approved at a meeting earlier in the month and means that an extra 57,200 people in the borough will now have access to free swimming as residents under 16 already swim for free.
Extending free swimming to those over 50 is intended to increase the physical activity levels among this age group and bring about consequent health related benefits.
Local swimmer, Lin Smith, said: “I come swimming five times a week and think it’s a brilliant way to keep fit and keep healthy all over.”
Another swimmer at Wellington Civic and Leisure Centre, Darryl Strong, said: “The facilities here are excellent and I would recommend it to anybody, particularly as it’s going to be free of charge.”
Rob Maddox, who swims at Wellington three or four times a week, said: “I think it’s a good initiative by the Council.
“Swimming is a great way to keep fit.
“Now it’s free, hopefully it will encourage more people to take advantage of the offer and keep themselves fit and healthy.”
Councillor Liz Clare, cabinet member for Leisure Services and Culture, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we can now extend our free swimming offer to those aged 50 and over.
“This will encourage older people to be more active and hopefully will result in long term health benefits for our more senior residents with consequent savings for the Council and partner organisations like the health service.”
Local residents aged 50 and over, who would like to take advantage of the free swimming from 1 April, will need to take their Telford Loyalty Card along to a Telford & Wrekin Council leisure centre to be signed up.