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Free swimming in Thanet pools

By This is Kent  |  Posted: March 18, 2009

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SWIMMING for those under 16 and 60 years and over will become free from April 1 at Thanet’s two public swimming pools.

Young and old will be able to swim free of charge at both Ramsgate Swimming Pool and Hartsdown leisure centre in Margate.

The Government is funding the project and an extra £40,000 has been splashed on the scheme from the NHS.

Thanet council’s commercial services chief Cllr Shirley Tomlinson said: "We hope this will encourage more people to get in the swim and get active.

"It’s a great boost for local people and I hope, as a result of it, we’ll see an increase in the number of people taking part in sport and physical activity."

To qualify swimmers will need to fill out a registration form before the first swim and show proof of age.

Both swimming pools are run by Thanet Leisureforce, which already allows the over-70s to swim for free.

Head of operations, Warren Reeves, said he hoped the scheme would boost Thanet’s fitness.

He said: "We are excited about being able to offer this scheme in partnership with Thanet council.

"We are also committed to providing further activities and programmes aimed at increasing the wellbeing and health of the people of Thanet."

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  • hayfip  |  August 05 2012, 3:43PM

    from recently retired to Palm Bay Never mind free indoor pools. When are TDC going to redevelop the LIDO in Cliftonville. This year of seaweed , jet skis and sailing boats around Palm Bay have made it impossible to swim in the sea, never mind the sewage spill. Get your finger out TDC and give us a sea water outdoor pool again - then see the people flow into Margate. !!

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    Reece Manyweathers, Ramsgate  |  March 30 2009, 3:03PM

    I think it is a great idea, but as someone said it will be jam packed every time you go there. I think there should be a certain amount of coupons or tokens you have to collect to enter. You should be able to collect them from your school if you do something good or helping. This idea will help kids to behave and do well at school.

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    Sanchia, Cliftonville  |  March 26 2009, 7:30AM

    Could we have a Free Day for the mid thirties too - I'm jealous!

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    georgia, ramsgate  |  March 18 2009, 8:52PM

    i think it a great idear but now when we go swimming it will be packed you should only allow a serturn amout of people in