Free swimming for two years

PUBLISHED: 14:15 11 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:15 25 August 2010

SWIMMING is set to become free for a borough s under-16s and over-60s for the next two years.

SWIMMING is set to become free for a borough's under-16s and over-60s for the next two years.

Bexley swimmers can get free sessions at Parkwood Leisure centres from April 1 if they register at any centre.

The scheme is a government initiative to encourage more people to take up exercise.

In return, Bexley council will be awarded money to invest in leisure services.

Regular Sidcup Leisure Centre swimmer Stuart Pierce, 74, said the offer would make it easier to complete his three weekly swims during the recession.

He added: "I shall be pleased to enjoy the swimming even more when it's free."

Just one in five adults in Bexley is thought to take enough exercise.

Government guidelines suggest adults should take 30 minutes of exercise three times a week.

Peter Catterall, councillor for leisure, said: "Swimming is a great way to exercise and have fun. It's a sport that all ages can enjoy."

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