Come in, the water’s lovely –and it’s free!

Echo: Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington at Basildon Sporting Village Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington at Basildon Sporting Village

MORE than 40,000 free swimming lessons are being offered to Basildon youngsters.

Everyone Active, which runs Basildon Sporting Village and Wickford swimming pool for Basildon Council, has announced the classes for five to 11-year-olds.

The scheme has the enthusiastic backing of no less a swimmer than Olympic gold medal winner Rebecca Adlington, who was full of praise for the borough’s sports lovers.

She said: “It’s absolutely incredible.

“These kids are going to learn a skill they’ll use for the rest of their lives. For me that’s greater than any Olympic medal. I’m blown away by the whole of Basildon and its commitment to sport. It’s just what the whole country should be doing.”

A total of 23 schools in the borough have already signed up for the free swimming lessons, running right through the next academic year.

The scheme was announced by Miss Adlington, after the recent Legacy Games Day at Basildon Sporting Village.

Everyone Active wants to encourage children to take up exercise by learning to swim.

Manager Tom Fletcher said: “We’re thrilled with the uptake so far and are looking forward to throwing open our doors and welcoming local schoolchildren to learn to swim for free at both our pools.

“Places are filling up fast, but there is still time to take part in the initiative, so please get in touch if you’re interested.

“Children of all abilities are welcome and every child will receive a free swimming hat, as well as family swim vouchers, so they can continue to enjoy the water for fun.”

Youngsters will be given a free 30-minute swimming lesson every week, starting in September.

All classes will be led by fully-qualified teachers, who will follow National Curriculum requirements for swimming.

Schools can sign up to the scheme until Friday, July 18.

For more information call the Sporting Village, on 01268 722450, or Wickford swimming pool, on 01268 765460.

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11:33am Tue 8 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

Cue larger amounts of chlorine used in the pool for the duration......
Cue larger amounts of chlorine used in the pool for the duration...... Howard Cháse
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12:34pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Maddogg says...

Hope the people running this have stocked up on fishing nets.
Hope the people running this have stocked up on fishing nets. Maddogg
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12:43pm Tue 8 Jul 14

The Macduffian says...

I thought the headline referred to the Thames
I thought the headline referred to the Thames The Macduffian
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3:17pm Tue 8 Jul 14

ducky18 says...

I pay £5 per week for my daughter to attend swimming lessons there - am I funding these free ones?
I pay £5 per week for my daughter to attend swimming lessons there - am I funding these free ones? ducky18
  • Score: 4

1:38pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Person in the know says...

I think Manager Tom Fletcher and Everyone Active (SLM) should have a look at the facts before presenting misleading facts to the media.

NO Schools have signed up for the free swimming lessons, As the schools use another company to take their swimming lessons.

This is yet another big bully tactic being used by SLM to take over school lessons,
I think Manager Tom Fletcher and Everyone Active (SLM) should have a look at the facts before presenting misleading facts to the media. NO Schools have signed up for the free swimming lessons, As the schools use another company to take their swimming lessons. This is yet another big bully tactic being used by SLM to take over school lessons, Person in the know
  • Score: 2

3:25pm Wed 9 Jul 14

billericay bird says...

Person in the know wrote:
I think Manager Tom Fletcher and Everyone Active (SLM) should have a look at the facts before presenting misleading facts to the media.

NO Schools have signed up for the free swimming lessons, As the schools use another company to take their swimming lessons.

This is yet another big bully tactic being used by SLM to take over school lessons,
I know this to be true too. A little misleading shall we say. Transport to and from the pool (which is the main cost of your childs school lesson) is not included so all the parents thinking they have a year of free lessons will be very disappointed
[quote][p][bold]Person in the know[/bold] wrote: I think Manager Tom Fletcher and Everyone Active (SLM) should have a look at the facts before presenting misleading facts to the media. NO Schools have signed up for the free swimming lessons, As the schools use another company to take their swimming lessons. This is yet another big bully tactic being used by SLM to take over school lessons,[/p][/quote]I know this to be true too. A little misleading shall we say. Transport to and from the pool (which is the main cost of your childs school lesson) is not included so all the parents thinking they have a year of free lessons will be very disappointed billericay bird
  • Score: 2
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