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St Peter's swimming pool

The provision of swimming in Burnley and Padiham pools is changing.

Burnley Leisure is introducing low-cost initiatives for juniors and over 60s at both St Peter’s and Padiham leisure centres from the beginning of April.

The ‘quid-a-kid’ sessions will launch during the Easter break and will run throughout all school holidays.

They will offer youngsters aged 16 and under more opportunities to enjoy swimming for £1 with two afternoon sessions every day Monday to Saturday starting at 1pm and 2.30pm.

A special offer will also be put in place allowing over 60s to join Burnley Leisure monthly swim membership for only £19.99 without paying a joining fee, saving them £25.

Swimmers over 60 who do not want to commit to a monthly membership will be able to take advantage of the pay-as-you-swim option at a cost of £2.80, which is considerably cheaper than some neighbouring pools that charge £4.20.

Gerard Vinton, chief executive at Burnley Leisure, said: “We have some fantastic facilities at our two leisure centres and lots of different membership packages and options available. We will launch £1 sessions for juniors and starting this Easter there will be 12 sessions a week at both our pools, which we hope this will attract many more young people during the school holidays.”

The changes will replace the free swimming scheme for youngsters under 16 and over 60s. The council introduced the scheme in 2009 and continued it despite Government funding ending in 2010.

Gerard added: “We were extremely disappointed that we had to make the decision to end this initiative and have tried to look at alternative funding options, but in this difficult financial climate the scheme cannot be continued.”

Councillor Bea Foster, Burnley Council’s executive member for leisure and culture, said: “The constant pressure on us to save money in the council budget involves us in making very difficult decisions, this being one of them.

“When Burnley Leisure came  to us with these proposals to meet the reduction of the grant we give them, but  informed us they were putting in their place new initiatives for swimming ,which would  soften the  withdrawal of these services, we reluctantly agreed to the proposals.”

For more information about activities and Burnley Leisure memberships, please visit its website www.burnleyleisure.co.uk or call 01282 664444.

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