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Cool off with a free summer holiday swim

Posted by on 9 July 2019 | Comments

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, in partnership with Abbeycroft Leisure and Everyone Active, are encouraging younger residents to get active over the summer holidays by offering free swims at their leisure centres.

Children aged 16 and under across the districts, can cool off in the pool during the summer holidays for free during public swimming sessions at Abbeycroft Leisure and Everyone Active centres.

The offer will be available at Abbeycroft Leisure centres from 20 July to 1 September inclusive, at:

  • Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Sudbury
  • Hadleigh Pool and Leisure Centre

Users will need to sign up for an Abbeycroft Leisure Free Swimming Membership first in order to claim their free swim.

The Everyone Active offer in Mid Suffolk will run from 25 July to 3 September inclusive, at the following locations:

  • Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, Stowmarket
  • Stradbroke Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre

Customers are advised to check the pool programme on their centre’s website for the times of free swimming sessions and terms and conditions.

Cllr Derek Davis, Cabinet Member for Communities for Babergh District Council, said:

“I’m pleased that we’re able to offer these free swims across Babergh, through our partner Abbeycroft Leisure. It’s important that children are given the opportunity to get active over the summer holidays and what better way to cool off from the summer heat than taking a dip in the pool.

“I hope the younger members of our community take this opportunity to have some fun while remaining active and healthy too.”

Cllr Julie Flatman, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing for Mid Suffolk District Council, said:

“Swimming is great way for youngsters to unwind after the school term finishes, so it’s great that we’re able to give them the opportunity to swim for free at one of our two Everyone Active swimming pools in Mid Suffolk.

“Not only does this help to keep children in the district active over the holidays, but also enables families to swim together with the benefit of saving money too.”

Tracey Loynds, Development Director at Abbeycroft Leisure, said:

“We’re delighted to support Babergh with the free swimming initiatives, which encourages young people to be more active. 

“We want to inspire a healthy you, so as part of this offer, you’ll need to sign up for our Free Swimming Membership. We look forward to seeing residents at our centres in the next few months.”

Anselm Gurney, Contract Manager at Everyone Active’s Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, said:

“It’s exciting to be part of a project like this, which encourages residents in Mid Suffolk, to take up swimming, especially if it’s at one of our swimming pools.

“Getting the next generation involved in understanding wellbeing and the importance of exercise is so important, and I hope this inspires our younger residents to take up the chance to enjoy the benefits that swimming can bring, such as reduced stress and improved flexibility and endurance – and of course cooling down from the summer heat.”

Any children under eight years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult in the pool. Swimming lessons are not available as part of this offer.