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Free swimming in Camden bridges the generation gap

PUBLISHED: 17:08 06 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:46 07 September 2010

FIGHTING the flab just got a lot easier for under 16s and over 60s, who will soon be able to swim for free in Camden s pools. Pensioners and children won t have to splash out to take a dip in the Swiss Cottage or Oasis leisure centre pools from April this

FIGHTING the flab just got a lot easier for under 16s and over 60s, who will soon be able to swim for free in Camden's pools.

Pensioners and children won't have to splash out to take a dip in the Swiss Cottage or Oasis leisure centre pools from April this year.

Camden Council has received funding from the government to extend free swimming in a bid to boost exercise and tackle obesity. It will get £148,527 every year for two years to run the scheme and has also been awarded an additional £68,931 to spend on pool improvements.

Culture boss Cllr Flick Rea said: "With obesity rates rising and expendable income falling it is even more important that we offer more free and affordable leisure opportunities to Camden residents.

"Extending free swimming for the young and old will allow more people to take exercise when it is convenient to them, helping to improve the health of the borough. It will also help boost participation in sport ahead of the London Olympics."

Camden Council is one of 31 London boroughs benefitting from the funding.


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