Saturday, 6 August 2011

Telford Pools Turn Pink to Celebrate Free Swimming.

By Ben Aulakh

Swimming pools across Telford and Wrekin have been turning bright pink to celebrate the launch of free swimming for those under 16 in the area.

Telford & Wrekin Council is holding special 'pink pool' sessions to promote the free swimming initiative, which launched at the start of the school holidays on July 25.

Cllr Arnold England, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Wellbeing said, “We are committed to helping young people across the borough keep as  active as possible and introducing free swimming is a good way of doing this.”

“Active children and young people tend to be healthier and happier and I am delighted that this free swimming offer is being launched at the start of the summer holidays.”

The free swimming will also include the Big Splash Public and Big Splash Family sessions on the council's summer swim programme.

The pools will turn a magical pink, through use of a special transparent colourant, which over a short period of time, fades due to the chlorine in the swimming pool.

The pool will be totally safe for swimming as the chemical used is hypoallergenic and does not colour skin or clothes.

The free swimming offer  is open to all under 16s who live in the borough and have a valid flex card, which can be purchased from any Telford & Wrekin Council leisure centre.

The Flex Card is renewable annually and offers discounts at leisure facilities across the borough along with special offers throughout the year.

More information about the council's new summer pool timetables are available at leisure centres across the borough and can be viewed online at

For more information about the Flex Card visit

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