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Kids and families show desire to desire to dive back into swimming after re-opening


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The latest figures received by Warwick District Council show a significant uplift in demand for swimming since the re-opening of the indoor pools at St Nicholas Park, Newbold Comyn and Abbey Fields leisure centres in April. 

A 25% increase in swim subscribers combined with the return of swimming lessons has meant that the pool space at all the district’s leisure centres has been at a premium, with extended opening being considered to accommodate the rise in demand.   

Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Tourism & Leisure, Councillor Liam Bartlett, said: “More than 5 million swimming lessons have been cancelled during the Covid pandemic which has meant that 240,000 children across the country have missed out on learning to swim. It’s therefore vitally important that we prioritise the availability of lessons across our indoor pools in Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth.

“I’m very proud that our outstanding centres at Newbold Comyn and St Nicholas Park are thriving and that we are bucking this trend with our exciting investment plans for Kenilworth.”

Everyone Active’s Contract Manager, Gareth Wagg, added: “We’re delighted to welcome all swimmers back into our pools. We’re particularly pleased to see the return of school groups and the swimming lesson programme restarting the teaching of a potentially life-saving skill.

“After so many months of closure, parents have been keen to build their children’s confidence in the water, especially before the summer holidays.”


Written by: David Watkins

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