Halton Council has announced it is expanding free swimming for children in the borough.
In partnership with the Council's Leisure Centre operator, Places for People Leisure, the Council is piloting a scheme offering free swimming for children in care and has already distributed more than 200 free swim memberships.
The scheme, funded by Places for People Leisure, is for children in care under the age of 18. All children in Halton under the age of eight can already swim for free if accompanied by a paying adult.
The membership entitles not just the fostered child, but the foster parents and their children to a free swim at ‘All Welcome’ times at the Council's three swimming pools.
In order for the carer to swim for free they must attend swimming with a child. However those aged 12 to 17-years-old may go unaccompanied by an adult.
Halton Borough Council's Executive Board Member for Sport, Cllr Phil Harris, said: "Despite the savings the Council faces we will be trialling this scheme to further improve services to young people in care.
"The health benefits from swimming are well proven and the initial interest is looking very promising.’’
The pilot scheme lasts until March 2015.
(The memberships do not provide access into classes, e.g. aqua fit and mums and tots).
* All Foster Carers are eligible to apply for a Halton Leisure Card which are issued free at Carers' Centres. All Halton Leisure Card Holders are entitled to reduced admission charges to a wide range of other services. The cards are issued annually from 1 April and will expire 31 March. For further information on the Halton Leisure Card scheme, contact Helen Birrell 0151 510 6000.