Free swimming pool access in Staffordshire

Free swimming pool access in Staffordshire
Free swimming pool access in Staffordshire

Free swimming pool access in Staffordshire

Caudwell Children, one of the UK’s leading children’s charities, has announced that it is to provide FREE swimming pool access  at six swimming pools in Staffordshire during the February half term school holiday.

Not only that the sessions are exclusive to Caudwell Children with no access to members of the public.

The charity has teamed up with Aiming High Staffordshire to fund the sessions in order to provide short break activities for children and young people, aged 8-18, with a disability or special educational need.

The swimming sessions will give participants the opportunity to improve their swimming skills, and develop their confidence in the water, outside the regular school day.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for disabled children to get out of the house and have fun,” explained Becky Deri, short breaks manager at Caudwell Children. “This is the first time that we’ve run swimming sessions and it follows the distribution of a questionnaire to those who regularly attend our short break activity days.

“We asked them what activity they would most like to take part in and swimming came out at the top of the list.”

The sessions, which will take place in Leek, Stafford, Burntwood, Tamworth, Cheslyn Hay and Newcastle-under-Lyme, on Saturday 16th, Saturday 23rd, and Sunday 24th February, 2019.

The sessions are designed as family activities and participants must be joined in the pool by a parent or carer.

  • Every child under the age of 10 requires individual adult supervision
  • Any young person who has a physical disability that prevents them from swimming also needs to be accompanied in the pool by an adult
  • Only one parent or carer is required if they have two or more children above the age of 10 who can swim

“Whatever the condition of your child you’ll have a great time in the pool so I’d urge parents and carers to book your places now,” continued Becky. “And what’s more you can also book a place for siblings so the whole family can get involved.”

Becky says that 78% of disabled children in the UK have no access to activities outside of their home. However, she believes that Caudwell Children’s activity days are going some way to addressing this issue.

For those who are new to Caudwell Children’s activity days there will be a member of the Caudwell Children team to meet them on the day.

To find out more about venue location and times, and to book your place, ring Becky on 01782 433613 or you can email: becky.deri@caudwellchildren.com

Venues

Saturday 16th February:

Brough Park Leisure Centre, Leek, ST13 6AT – 4.00pm-6.00pm

Rugeley Leisure Centre, Rugeley, WS15 2HZ – 1.00pm-2.00pm with room afterwards 2.00pm-3.00pm

Saturday 23rd February:

Burntwood Leisure Centre, Burntwood, WS7 3XH – 2.30pm-3.30pm sports hall for activities – 4.00pm-5.00pm swimming

Atherstone Leisure Centre, Tamworth, CV9 1AX – 2.30pm-4.30pm

Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centre, Cheslyn, WS6 7JQ – 3.30pm-5.30pm

Sunday 24th February:

Jubilee 2 Aquatics, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 1HG – 5.30pm-6.30pm and room afterwards 6.30pm-7.30pm

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