Feb-Mar 2018

Healthy Peterborough

Free swimming for all children under 5 in Peterborough

Vivacity offers free swimming to all children under 5 years old across four pools in the city.

By offering free swimming to youngsters, Vivacity hopes to foster water confidence and a love of swimming from an early age, not to mention encourage parents to swim more often.

Already taking advantage of this at the Regional Pool is Katie Mundell and her son Sebastian (2). Mum of two Katie Mundell from Ryhall visits the pool regularly so free swimming for under 5s will save a few extra pounds in her monthly budget: “I’ve taken both my sons swimming every week from soon after birth – I think it’s so important to get them into the water as early as possible. Sebastian (2) in particular loves swimming and it’s good exercise for them and for me! To offer free swimming for little ones is a great idea. I run the Mum2Mum Markets in the area and I know how much mums appreciate little savings here and there.”

Jon Marsden, Director of Sport & Healthy Living at Vivacity commented: “We already offer free swimming outside of lessons to children enrolled in our Swim Academy but we are delighted to now widen this to all children under 5. According to the Amateur Swimming Association, 1 in 5 adults in the UK is unable to swim, and we are committed to supporting children learning to swim at an early age so that they can keep swimming into adult life and build healthy habits for the future. We also want to encourage all children to be safe in-and-around the water and enjoy the many water based activities available.

The free swimming offer is available at four of Vivacity’s pools including the Lido. To take advantage of this offer the accompanying adult simply needs to show their Vivacity card at the pool reception desk. Vivacity cards are completely free, and can be obtained at any Vivacity location. They offer discounts on many Vivacity activities including admission to Longthorpe Tower and Flag Fen, as well as discounted rates for sports activities across Vivacity facilities.

For more information about free swimming for the under 5’s or Vivacity’s wider services then please visit Vivacity-Peterborough.


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Healthy Peterborough is led by:
  • Peterborough City Council
  • Peterborough Pharmacies
  • Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust