More young people have been taking advantage of free swimming sessions on offer during the holidays at Fife’s sports and leisure centres.
Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, which runs the Council-owned centres, has revealed 66,907 young people aged 17 and under enjoyed free swimming during the summer break, compared to 62,737 last year, an increase of 6.6 per cent.
Burntisland’s Beacon Leisure Centre was one of the most popular, with youngsters enjoying 11,786 free sessions, bettered only by Levenmouth Swimming Pool and Sports Centre with 12,277 free sessions.
There were 5455 free sessions taken up at Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre and 1522 at Bowhill Swimming Pool.
Ed Watson, the trust’s chief executive, said: “The ability to engage with children and young people and encourage them to get more active is a key objective for the trust. We are encouraged that not only has general use of our facilities by young people increased, but that we saw such a good response to the free swimming offer over the summer.
“Staff in all our centres work to deliver a range of programmes and initiatives to suit all ages and abilities. We offer some of the best qualified instructors and affordable activities which give families a fantastic choice of sports and physical activities, encouraging a lifelong interest in staying active.”
The ‘Splash-out-for-Nowt’ initiative was on offer during the summer thanks to extra funding from Fife Council.
Councillor Mark Hood, executive committee member, said: “We’re committed to helping children and young people access sporting and physical activity opportunities. I’m delighted that the Council-funded free swim initiative has been so popular again this year. An average of over 9500 children a week took advantage of the offer during the summer holidays.
“This undoubtedly contributes towards improving their health and wellbeing and I hope it encourages many to visit their local swimming pool more regularly.”