Council keeps free swim offer afloat over the summer

Ealing youngsters, and those over 60, will continue to swim for free during the summer.

Even though the Government will stop funding the national ‘Swim Free’ programme from 31 July, Ealing Council is keeping it going for an extra month until 5 September 2010.

The scheme runs at four pools in the borough- Acton Swimming Baths, Dormers Wells Leisure Centre, Gurnell Leisure Centre and Northolt Leisure Centre.

Ealing Council is keeping the popular scheme going until the end of the school holidays on 5 September.

After this date, swimming will still be available at discounted rates to eligible groups through the purchase of a Leisure Pass.

The free swimming scheme for under 16 and over 60 was intended to run until 31 March 2011 at over a thousand swimming pools across England.

Cancelling the programme will save the government around £40 millon.