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Kids can swim for free in Oxford this summer

Byoxfordnewspaper

Aug 13, 2022

Youngsters can swim for free in Oxford this summer.

Under-17s living in the OX1 to OX4 postcodes can show a free swim card to join any public session.

The card is available from reception at any Fusion leisure centre with proof of age and address.

There are four pools in Oxford, at Barton Leisure Centre, Leys Pools and Leisure Centre, Ferry Leisure Centre and Hinksey Heated Outdoor Pool run by Oxford City Council's leisure partner Fusion Lifestyle.

Segan Michael, Sports & Community Development Manager at Fusion Lifestyle said: “Keeping active is an essential part of growing up and we want to make sure our facilities are available to all children in the area.

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"Offering free swims for under 17s ensures that children can have a healthy and fun summer holiday and we look forward to welcoming them into our centres.”

The free swim card will make a family trip to Hinksey heated Outdoor Pool affordable, said Fusion, with the park also offering an interactive splash area, playground, tennis courts and plenty of picnic space.

Booked sessions at the outdoor pool have also been doubled to two hours, at no increased price.

Fusion is also offering other free and low-cost leisure activities through the YouMove programme, launched in May, for families who are eligible for free school meals.

This includes swimming, badminton, football, gym passes and community activities in the local area.

In Oxford, a YouMove family card gives discounted membership to Fusion-run leisure centres to anyone on qualifying benefits living in OX1 to OX4 postcodes through the Bonus Card scheme.

With a bonus card, a session at the gym, pool or ice rink can cost as little as £2.10.

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Stephen Gabriel, executive director for communities and people at Oxford City Council, said: “Swimming is a life skill everyone should have. These free swimming sessions for young people help make sure they all get the chance to enjoy our pools.

“I’m really pleased Fusion are also offering leisure discounts so that more people can use our leisure centres. These are well equipped centres with qualified staff, they can support you whether you want to get seriously fit or just be a bit healthier.”

Public leisure centres in Oxford are:

Barton Leisure Centre

Leys Pool and Leisure

Ferry Leisure Centre

Hinksey Heated Outdoor Pool

Rose Hill Community Centre Gym

Oxford Ice Rink

The Council also provides free fit trails in seven of its parks across the city, with outdoor exercise equipment and walking and jogging trails.

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