SOLIHULL’S oldest and youngest residents can apply to use swimming pools for free from Monday.
Under 16s and over 60s will be entitled to a swim pass - giving them free access to Tudor Grange and North Solihull swimming baths. The initiative is the brainchild of the Government who are hoping that people will make use of the facilities in the run up to the 2012 Olympics.
The free swimming initiative will come into force on April 1 and will continue until spring 2011.
People need to just fill out an application form at their local leisure centre, library or connect centre – although proof of age might be needed. Silver surfers will be able to download their copy from the council website, while youngsters will be able to collect a form from their schools.
Councillor Diana-Holl-Allen, cabinet member for quality of life and neighbourhoods, said: “We want to get as many people as possible active and enjoying sport and this scheme removes one barrier that may be preventing some people from doing so. We hope that residents take advantage of the availability of free swimming”
To make the scheme a reality, Solihull Council has worked closely alongside Solihull NHS Care Trust and Parkwood Leisure.