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Swim Leicester celebrates sign-up success

Published on Thursday, August 4, 2016

MORE than 300 people have signed up for swimming lessons in Leicester since the city council re-launched its swimming programme in May.

Swim Leicester, the city’s learn to swim school, offers lessons for both adults and children aged from three months.

Children are rewarded for their progress with stickers, certificates and badges – and Swim Leicester mascot Snappy the Shark encourages them to have fun while they learn.

Lessons are available every day of the week at all of the council’s swimming pools, and run throughout the summer holidays. Prices start from £4.50 for a half-hour lesson.

Since May, an extra 352 people have signed up for lessons, representing nine per cent growth in the swim school.

And over the summer holidays, a range of events will take place at city leisure centres to encourage even more children to get swimming, as well as to spread important messages about preventing drowning and being safe around water.

These include ‘Finding Dory’ family fun sessions at Aylestone and Braunstone leisure centres, in partnership with Disney and based on the animated film. Children can learn to dive like Dory, splash like sealions Fluke and Rudder and hide like Hank the octopus, in a series of activities based on foundation swimming skills from the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA).

Other holiday activities will include splash sessions for families and toddlers, which take place at all city pools. Contact your local centre for details.

All of the city council’s swimming lessons are run in partnership with the ASA, with trained instructors, expert teaching and continual assessment, so that children automatically move up when they are ready.

Crash courses are also available, offering intensive training over holiday periods, as well as individual lessons.

Cllr Piara Singh Clair, assistant city mayor responsible for culture, heritage, leisure and sport, said: “It’s great news that our swimming lessons are proving so popular, with around 4,000 people across the city benefitting from them and learning this important skill. I’d encourage all parents and carers to visit their local leisure centre to find out more about the range of swimming lessons and activities on offer.”

More information about the Finding Dory fun sessions is available from Aylestone leisure centre on 0116 233 4030 or Braunstone leisure centre on 0116 229 3229.

You can also find out more about the city’s leisure centres and facilities at www.leicester.gov.uk/sports

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