Free swims prove popular

SINCE last April, more than 7,000 people have registered for the free swim scheme, that allows over 60's and young people 16 and under access to free swim sessions at their local pools.

SINCE last April, more than 7,000 people have registered for the free swim scheme, that allows over 60's and young people 16 and under access to free swim sessions at their local pools.

The scheme is currently running at two swimming pools in the Great Yarmouth area - the Marina Centre in Yarmouth and the Phoenix Pool at Bradwell, which are both managed by Great Yarmouth Sports and Leisure Trust.

The campaign, linked to the nationwide Change4Life campaign, aims to get people to lead more active, healthy lives in the run up to the Olympics and London 2012.

Since registration started last year the Marina Centre and Phoenix Pool were overwhelmed by the response of people wanting to take advantage of the scheme and have had the mammoth task of allocating free swim cards.

The trust said although most people will have received their free swim scheme card already there may be some who have returned their forms but not yet received their cards. These final cards are currently being posted out over the next week.

Since the free swim scheme started there have been over 58,000 free swims in Yarmouth pools, proving the popularity of the scheme. The Marina Centre has allocated 74 hours free swim a week and the Phoenix Pool over 30 hours a week on their term time swim timetables where customers can use their free swim cards.

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Timetables are available from the Marina Centres and Phoenix Pool main receptions or alternatively visit www.marina-centre.com or www.phoenix-pool.com.