Inactive young people looking to get fit have one last chance to take advantage of a subsidised swim scheme before the programme starts on Sunday (March 23).
Those between 12 and 25 in Haverhill and Newmarket who don’t regularly partake in physical activity can take part in the scheme which sees them undergo training and culminates in the Great East Swim in June.
Suffolk County Council and Sport England are subsidising the initiative, which will provide the opportunity to receive three months fully supported training with professional swimming coaches, six months free membership to one of the participating leisure centres (including Haverhill), as well as free entry to the Great East Swim 2014 and wetsuit hire
This, alongside the young person’s Sportivate programme, funded by Sport England’s Sportive initiative and delivered in partnership with Suffolk Sport and Suffolk County Council, will provide the opportunity to receive three months fully supported training with professional swimming coaches, six months free membership to one of the participating leisure centres, as well as free entry to the Great East Swim 2014 and wetsuit hire.
Valued at over £200 per participant the opportunities are being made available at £25 per person.
Councillor Alan Murray, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for health and adult care, said: “The programme which focuses on the individual and their ability, aims to improve confidence, motivation, social skills, fitness and energy levels, self esteem, mobility and stamina.
“I’m confident this year’s programme will build positively on the success of its predecessors and provide much benefit to those taking on the challenge”
John Clough, director of Suffolk Sport, said: “Suffolk Sport is delighted once again to be able to offer the challenge of the Great East Swim as an incentive to get more people physically active.
“Last year the programme was a great success, transforming the lives of a number of inactive young people.
“This year’s expanded programme will enable even more people to be involved.”
If you’re interested in taking part contact Corinna Hudson, programme coordinator on 07905 829162 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For all the latest news see tomorrow’s (Thursday, March 20) Echo.