‘Free swim Fridays’ are being introduced from September 2017 to encourage regular use of the pools among older residents, with the associated benefits that swimming offers to health and wellbeing.
Swimming supports body weight, with no pressure on joints. It’s ideal for those with injuries or illnesses like arthritis and studies show that half an hour of swimming, three times a week, can significantly reduce blood pressure. There’s also the social side of getting to know other swimmers and the rhythmic nature of swimming helps to boost psychological wellbeing too.
Free swim Fridays run every Friday at Waves in Whitley Bay, Tynemouth Pool, The Lakeside Centre in Killingworth and Hadrian Leisure Centre in Wallsend. There’s no need to book – just visit any pool with proof of age or your easeEXTRA card.
To find out more, ask at any pool.
This is one of the projects supported by funding from Sport England’s Swim Local project. Sport England is a public body and invests more than £300million of National Lottery and government money each year in projects and programmes that help people get active and play sport.