2,500 make a splash without the cash!
Monday 23rd July 2007
More than 2,500 people in the Mansfield district dived at the chance to swim for free at the weekend by taking part in one of the area's biggest ever health promotion initiatives.
Council-run swimming pools throughout Notts threw open their doors for free swimming on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July as part of the Shape Up Notts campaign.
Local people responded in their droves with attendance figures up 25% at Water Meadows, Mansfield and 30% at Meden Baths, Warsop on the corresponding weekend last year – despite the poor weather.
In the 'Active England' survey carried out in 2006, Mansfield was highlighted as the least active district in Notts and was set a target to increase activity levels by 1% over the following year.
The free swimming weekend cost Mansfield District Council around £6,500.
Mansfield District Council Executive Mayor, Tony Egginton said: "We hope that events like the free swim weekend will encourage people to exercise more regularly, once they have been given a taster of how good activities like swimming can be both for fitness and fun.
"I was delighted to hear a few customers saying that it was the first time that they had been swimming in a long time, which is exactly what we wanted to achieve."