West View and Fulwood leisure centres to offer £1 children’s swim sessions

Posted on - 3rd August, 2022 - 1:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Cadley, Fulwood, Health, Kid's stuff, Preston News, Recreation, Ribbleton, Sport, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
Fulwood leisure centre's swimming pool
Fulwood Leisure Centre’s swimming pool

Two Preston leisure centres have launched £1 children’s swim sessions over the summer holidays to help reduce the pressures of the cost of living crisis.


The ‘Kids for a Quid’ initiative will enable under 16s to swim for a reduced rate between 9am and 10am every day of the summer holidays at West View Better Health Leisure Centre and on Saturdays and Sundays at Fulwood Leisure Centre.

The initiative will then move to weekend sessions after the start of the autumn school term, meaning that for the same price as a first-class stamp (95p) or a portion of McDonald’s French fries, children can enjoy a healthy, social activity in a supervised environment.

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Michael Manley, the partnership manager for Better leisure centres in Preston, said: “We’re delighted to be introducing the ‘Kids for a Quid ‘initiative this summer. 

“Keeping children entertained during the holidays can be challenging and expensive.

“That is particularly true this year when many families are really struggling in the face of an unprecedented cost of living crisis.

“We hope this initiative will provide a low-cost, enjoyable activity that everyone can afford while keeping youngsters active and engaged.”

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In addition to being a fun extra-curricular activity, swimming is also an essential life skill. 

The UK sees over 400 drownings in rivers, lakes, canals, ponds and the sea in a typical calendar year.

Drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death in under 16-year-olds, underlining that everyone should learn the basics of keeping afloat.

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For those wishing to do more than have fun in the pool, tuition for every level of swimmer, from complete beginner to the more experienced, is available through Better’s swim school.

Lessons and courses are open to all ages and take place during term-time and school holidays.

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Will you be taking advantage of the scheme? Let us know in the comments below. 

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