Swimming to be free by 2012

Public swimming pools to be free for all by 2012

In a drive to make the British public more healthy, the Government is set to announce that public swimming pools will be free for all by 2012.

Charging at 1600 local authority pools will be dropped, and the scheme will begin with free swimming for all under-16s and over-60s. By 2012, swimming is set to be free for all ages, at all council pools and lidos.

The drive is part of a sports review ordered by Andy Burnham, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

In the next two years, local councils will have the opportunity to apply for money from a £130 million fund, to initiate the first stage of the sceme, free swimming for the over-60s, which should start by the end of this year.

The initiative will also see funding offered to council’s to refurbish the country’s pools.

The announcement is due to be made as part of the Olympic Legacy Action Plan, which will be unveiled today. The plan will set a target of getting 2 million people involved in sports by 2012.

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