Free swimming on offer to young people over the Christmas break

YOUNG people can enjoy free swimming this Christmas.
Dorset Council residents under the age of 16 are able to access free swimming from December 17 to January 1 in many of the leisure centres across the county.
The initiative follows the success of the free swimming available over this year’s summer holiday that saw almost 30,000 sessions taken up by Dorset children.
The council said it was delighted to be able to provide the same opportunity once more, to ensure all families have access to physical and social holiday activities.
There is no restriction to the number of times children and young people can access this offer however, there will be a requirement to provide proof of living in the Dorset Council area.
Cllr Andrew Parry, portfolio holder for children, education and early help, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to provide swimming to children and young people over this years school holidays. It is an important and fun way for children and young people to have access to enriching physical activities and increase their confidence in and around the water. A huge thank you to the swimming pools and leisure centres participating, who have made their facilities available for our families.”
The following venues are offering this promotion:
1610 Dorchester Sports Centre – 01305 858400
Weymouth Swimming Pool – 01305 774373
Purbeck Sports Centre, Wareham – 01929 500000
Ferndown Leisure Centre – 01202 877468
Queen Elizabeth Leisure Centre, Wimborne – 01202 888208
Blandford Leisure Centre – 01258 455566
RiversMeet, Gillingham – 01747 834013
Some locations require swimmers to book in advance, so contact the pool before travelling to avoid any disappointment. The offer does not extend to a free adult swim when accompanying children.
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