Free swimming lessons for Brighton and Hove teenagers

Free swimming lessons for teenagers

Free swimming lessons for teenagers

First published in News by , Health reporter

Thousands of teenagers will be able to enjoy free swimming sessions for another year.

The scheme is being funded by Brighton and Hove City Council as part of continuing efforts to help children lose weight and live more healthily.

There were 32,777 free swims at council pools across the city between April 2013 and the end of March. Bosses hope even more will take up the offer over the next 12 months.

The £132,000 cost of the project is being met by the council’s sport and leisure and public health departments.

The council’s public health lead, David Brindley, said the success of the scheme showed how effective it was as part of a package of ways to encourage young people to get more active.

He said: “Children who enjoy physical activity, and develop those basic skills early in life, are more likely to continue being active in later life and perform better in school.

“As kids love splashing about in water, giving them free access to swimming is a great way to get them started, making physical activity a lifelong habit.”

The latest figures available show the number of ten- and 11-year-olds in Brighton and Hove found to be obese has fallen, although health bosses say there is still a way to go.

The National Child Measurement Programme shows 13.5% of Year 6 pupils weighed in the 2012/13 school year were obese, compared to just over 15% the year before.

They also show 7.5% of four- and five-year-olds in Reception classes in the city are obese, which is about the same as the year before.

The number of children classed as overweight is also falling.

Children can register to swim for free at weekends and on bank holidays, after school and during school holidays.

Sessions are run at the Prince Regent swimming complex and St Luke’s community school in Brighton and the King Alfred Leisure Centre in Hove.

Free swimming was introduced five years ago as part of a Government scheme but when funding ran out the city council and local NHS joined forces to keep it going.

For more information about a range of other free sports events and activities for children across Brighton and Hove, visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/sports- development.

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7:56am Sat 26 Apr 14

NickBrt says...

This is a really good idea? Surely it didn't come from the Greens? If it did how totally amazing!
This is a really good idea? Surely it didn't come from the Greens? If it did how totally amazing! NickBrt
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8:26am Sat 26 Apr 14

TIMBURRY says...

NickBrt wrote:
This is a really good idea? Surely it didn't come from the Greens? If it did how totally amazing!
It's called balancing the books
[quote][p][bold]NickBrt[/bold] wrote: This is a really good idea? Surely it didn't come from the Greens? If it did how totally amazing![/p][/quote]It's called balancing the books TIMBURRY
  • Score: 3

12:19pm Sat 26 Apr 14

crochet says...

The latest figures available show the number of ten- and 11-year-olds in Brighton and Hove found to be obese has fallen, although health bosses say there is still a way to go.
The article states Teenagers ?
The latest figures available show the number of ten- and 11-year-olds in Brighton and Hove found to be obese has fallen, although health bosses say there is still a way to go. The article states Teenagers ? crochet
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4:45pm Sat 26 Apr 14

wippasnapper says...

As much as this is a good thing for the younger population its just another waist of B&HCC finances when much is needed ells-wear in the city mind you when the council is cutting funding to well used recourses like youth clubs et that keep children off the streets and out of trouble with the law it beats me why they are not putting that money back into these recourses or is it just because the greens want to look good and seen to be doing something good – yes they say we want to work with you to help everyone build a better community – but behind closed doors they conspirer there ideology of how things should be dun and run regardless of how most community’s feel about there big plains for B&H.
As much as this is a good thing for the younger population its just another waist of B&HCC finances when much is needed ells-wear in the city mind you when the council is cutting funding to well used recourses like youth clubs et that keep children off the streets and out of trouble with the law it beats me why they are not putting that money back into these recourses or is it just because the greens want to look good and seen to be doing something good – yes they say we want to work with you to help everyone build a better community – but behind closed doors they conspirer there ideology of how things should be dun and run regardless of how most community’s feel about there big plains for B&H. wippasnapper
  • Score: -1

5:18pm Sat 26 Apr 14

NickBrt says...

Perhaps they could fund you going on a spelling course, Willa!
Perhaps they could fund you going on a spelling course, Willa! NickBrt
  • Score: 2

9:55pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Vigilia says...

NickBrt wrote:
This is a really good idea? Surely it didn't come from the Greens? If it did how totally amazing!
The clue is in the, "Free swimming was introduced five years ago as part of a Government scheme but when funding ran out the city council and local NHS joined forces to keep it going."
[quote][p][bold]NickBrt[/bold] wrote: This is a really good idea? Surely it didn't come from the Greens? If it did how totally amazing![/p][/quote]The clue is in the, "Free swimming was introduced five years ago as part of a Government scheme but when funding ran out the city council and local NHS joined forces to keep it going." Vigilia
  • Score: 1

10:30pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Vigilia says...

I ask this because I am genuinely interested.
When I was at school in the 50s and 60s we had a thirty minutes PE period every day, a sixty minute swimming period in a local pool very week and every Wednesday afternoon was a sports day, rugby, football, hockey or cross country running.
Does this not happen today?
Before anyone suggests that today's education concentrates on academia, we had as many going on to Oxford, Cambridge and the other universities as today's young pupils.
I ask this because I am genuinely interested. When I was at school in the 50s and 60s we had a thirty minutes PE period every day, a sixty minute swimming period in a local pool very week and every Wednesday afternoon was a sports day, rugby, football, hockey or cross country running. Does this not happen today? Before anyone suggests that today's education concentrates on academia, we had as many going on to Oxford, Cambridge and the other universities as today's young pupils. Vigilia
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10:49am Fri 2 May 14

nigeyb says...

Vigilia wrote:
I ask this because I am genuinely interested.
When I was at school in the 50s and 60s we had a thirty minutes PE period every day, a sixty minute swimming period in a local pool very week and every Wednesday afternoon was a sports day, rugby, football, hockey or cross country running.
Does this not happen today?
Before anyone suggests that today's education concentrates on academia, we had as many going on to Oxford, Cambridge and the other universities as today's young pupils.
PE is still a regular feature of the school timetable. My kids have 2-3 sessions per week.
[quote][p][bold]Vigilia[/bold] wrote: I ask this because I am genuinely interested. When I was at school in the 50s and 60s we had a thirty minutes PE period every day, a sixty minute swimming period in a local pool very week and every Wednesday afternoon was a sports day, rugby, football, hockey or cross country running. Does this not happen today? Before anyone suggests that today's education concentrates on academia, we had as many going on to Oxford, Cambridge and the other universities as today's young pupils.[/p][/quote]PE is still a regular feature of the school timetable. My kids have 2-3 sessions per week. nigeyb
  • Score: 0

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