Medway’s under 16s will be able to swim for free from September as part of Medway Council’s phased reopening of its sports centres.
Medway Park, Strood Sports Centres and Hoo Sports Centres have been gradually reopened in line with the government’s easing of lockdown restrictions and to allow customers to exercise safely with new social distancing measures in place.
Children living in Medway who are under 16 and have a Free Swimming Card will be able to swim for free during allocated weekend sessions, starting on Saturday, 12 September.
All customers to the sports centres must book a session in advance by phoning the relevant sports centre, as part of the new measures to limit the number of visitors and enable customers to socially distance. Customers can book three days beforehand.
The sessions for under 16s are called ‘Family Swimming’ on the sports centre pool timetable. All children will need to be accompanied by an adult: one adult for every two children under five; one adult for every three children aged between five and eight; and one adult for every five children aged over eight. The price for an adult who is not a sports centre member is £6.10.
Over 60s can also access free swimming throughout the week and this is currently available across Medway Council’s sports centres, for those who have booked a session and have a free swimming card.
From Monday, 7 September, our sports centres will be offering more gym and swim sessions, as well as fitness classes, as opening hours extend. The new 13-week term of swimming lessons also start for all swimming stages.
Providing children and young people with opportunities
Cllr Howard Doe, Deputy Leader of Medway Council and Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “I am pleased we are now able to resume our free swimming sessions for our younger residents as part of the council’s phased reopening of its sports centres. We have offered under 16s free swimming sessions for a number of years to help encourage Medway’s young people to take more exercise and give them another fun activity to do in Medway without any cost involved to them. We are committed to providing Medway’s children and young people with opportunities and have an ambition for Medway to become a Child-Friendly City. I hope Medway’s families continue to enjoy accessing Medway Council’s excellent sports facilities, as well as our award winning parks and everything else the area has to offer our children and young people.”
Book a session at a Medway Council sports centre – Medway Park 01634 336655; Strood Sports Centre 01634 333933; Hoo Sports Centre 01634 333958