Free swimming for all primary school children this Christmas

The City of Edinburgh Council is expanding its programme of free swimming for primary school children in time for Christmas.


Across both the festive and February school breaks, free swimming sessions will be available for the first time to all primary school children, at all times, at all Edinburgh Leisure pools.

The initiative has been funded by the City of Edinburgh Council’s sport programme, which encourages young people to take up an active lifestyle. This also included ‘Top up’ swimming lessons for P2 and 3 plus swim coaching sessions for black and minority ethnic groups.

Edinburgh Leisure has offered a free swimming programme during school holidays since October 2013. Previous programmes have been restricted to four pools, between the hours of 12-4pm only. This winter, primary school children will be able to swim for free during any listed public swim session at any Edinburgh Leisure swimming pool.

Councillor Richard Lewis, the city’s Culture and Sport Convener, said: “We are expanding the free swimming programme following success of this summer’s initiative, which saw more than 13,000 primary school children splash into five of the city’s pools. The difference this winter will be that every single Edinburgh Leisure swimming pool will offer the programme over the whole school break rather than selected days. The ‘Commie Games effect’ really has encouraged kids to take up physical activity, and we want to make sure that legacy continues in the Capital.”

Edinburgh Leisure Director of Operations Graeme Gardiner said: “We are delighted to be expanding the City of Edinburgh Council free swim programme for primary school children across all of our swimming pools.  Swimming is a vital and potentially life-saving skill and we look forward to welcoming even more young swimmers in to the water over the winter months.”

Venues and public swim session start and finish times will be available o view via Edinburgh Leisure just before the school holidays begin. The pools involved in the programme will be:

· Ainslie Park Leisure Centre

· Dalry Swim Centre

· Gracemount Leisure Centre

· Leith Victoria Swim Centre

· Drumbrae Leisure Centre

· Glenogle Swim Centre

· Portobello Swim Centre

· Royal Commonwealth Pool

· Warrender Swim Centre

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