We have just heard some great news - Herefordshire Council has been given nearly £200,000 from the Government to promote health and wellbeing in the county.
Free swimming is being offered to the under 16s and over 60s from Wednesday 1st April 2009.
The Herefordshire scheme means more children and young people will have the chance to get proficient at swimming and involved in sport by 2012, when the Olympics are hosted in London. The council and the primary care trust also hope older people will be encouraged to take a more active part in local activities and live longer, enriched lives as a result.
Added Dr Akeem Ali, Herefordshire's director of public health: "Swimming is an easy and enjoyable means for improving health, wellbeing and general quality of life, especially if you are over 60 and get together with friends or neighbours as part of an active day out".
The sessions will be available at Halo pools in Hereford, Leominster, Ledbury and Ross on Wye - To register your interest in the scheme please visit www.freeswim.org.uk or contact your local Halo centre on 0845 1300 842.
This is great news - so get on down to your nearest pool to register and enjoy free swimming from 1st April!