Diving in for a free swim ...

Levenmouth Swimming Pool and Sports Centre
Levenmouth Swimming Pool and Sports Centre

Nearly 5700 children have taken advantage of the Fife Council free swim scheme at Levenmouth Swimming Pool since the beginning of the school holidays.

That is a nine per cent increase on last year’s figures for the same time.

Councillor Mark Hood, executive committee member, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many young people benefitting from the free swim offer.

“Despite the great weather we’ve been experiencing over the last few weeks swimming has proven to be a popular activity for children and young people during the holidays.”

Ed Watson, chief executive for Fife Sports and Leisure Trust which runs the pool, said: “The trust continues to offer local communities high-quality leisure facilities at affordable prices with the aim of encouraging people of all ages and abilities to access physical activity opportunities and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.”

Local councillor and chair of the Levenmouth area committee Tom Adams, who earlier this year urged the Trust to re-consider the reduced opening hours of Levenmouth Pool’s cafe, has welcomed the figures.

“This is absolutely fantastic news and it is brilliant that people in Levenmouth are deciding to use the pool even in the weather we have been having,” he said.

“There have been a lot of accidents with outside swimming this summer so it’s a really positive thing that people are choosing to use the pool. I hope that it continues for the future.”

Since July 1, the pool cafe has only been open 43 hours per week compared to the previous total of 67.5 hours, with a full day closure on a Monday, a move which Cllr Adams blasted as “disrespectful” to the community.

Commenting, Cllr Adams said the situation was still on-going but he had handed a petition from 40 patrons of the cafe to Council leader Alex Rowley calling for action.