Free swimming at Lewisham pools for the next 15 years

Lewisham Council writes:

Lewisham residents aged 16 and under, 60 and over and those who are disabled and receive benefits will continue to swim for free at all Lewisham Council run swimming pools for the next 15 years.

Funding for the national free swim scheme was stopped in July 2010 but the Mayor of Lewisham decided that the Council would continue to run the programme until summer 2011. Now, following the signing of contracts with the Council’s leisure centre contractors, Fusion and Leisure Connection, it has been agreed that the free swim programme will continue for the next 15 years.

To take up the offer, those aged 16 or under need to show a valid Lewisham library card. Residents aged 60 and over or those on a disability living allowance can use the Lewisham Plus Card.

Sir Steve said: "Continuing to offer free swimming across the borough has been a priority for me. Knowing Leisure Connection and Fusion share our commitment to helping residents make the most of the borough's leisure services - especially those on a low or fixed income - means the free swimming programme can now be properly sustained. The pools in Deptford, Downham, Ladywell and Sydenham are all available now - and we look forward to increasing this when Forest Hill and Loampit Vale centres are completed.

“There has been much talk about the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics - this important scheme is just a part of Lewisham's contribution to that legacy.”