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Free swimming plan for the over 60s

Archived press release

Date Published: 30/09/08

The over 60s will be able to swim for free at council-owned leisure facilities.

The over 60s will be able to swim for free at council-owned leisure facilities.

Aylesbury Vale District Council has applied for government funding to offer free swimming in the district for people over the age of 60.

If the bid is successful, the scheme could start in April 2009 and last for two years. Under the plans, anybody aged 60 or over and living in Aylesbury Vale will be able to swim for free at council-owned leisure facilities.

All local authorities have been invited to apply for a share of the £140 million investment into the free swimming scheme announced in June by the government.

As part of the application the council has also expressed an interest in extending the programme to young people aged 16 and under, subject to the level of grant funding which the government makes available.

If the council takes up the grant, swimming sessions will be free for under 16s at the same time as the over 60s, with funding guaranteed by the government for two years for both programmes. The schemes could be extended beyond 2011, subject to further government funding being made available.

The council would also be eligible to bid for capital funding to help improve its swimming facilities if a decision is taken to participate in both schemes. The government has a £10 million pot set aside for one-off grants in 2008/9.

Councillor David Thompson, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “This initiative will offer tremendous benefits to our older residents. We hope they will take advantage of this offer as we all know that regular exercise is essential to good health, and exercising in the water perhaps the most beneficial. There is the potential for young swimmers to benefit as well, and I hope that the government will be able to offer us a suitable grant to introduce the scheme for young people.”

For details about the leisure facilities in Aylesbury Vale, call 01296 585205.

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Media Officer

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01296 585099

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communications@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk