Free swimming for pensioners in Solihull and new leisure centre discounts for those on low incomes - The Solihull Observer

Free swimming for pensioners in Solihull and new leisure centre discounts for those on low incomes

Solihull Editorial 23rd Jan, 2020   0

PENSIONERS, benefits claimants and people on low incomes will soon be able to enjoy discounts at Solihull leisure centres.

Pensioners aged 75 and over will have free off-peak entry to the swimming baths in the borough.

The council has worked with leisure centre manager Everyone Active to provide a discount card for people on a low income.

A 30 per cent discount will apply to Solihull residents who receive universal credit, income support, disability allowances or carers’ allowance.

Coun Joe Tildesley said: “Our leisure centres, managed in partnership with Everyone Active, provide affordable sport and activities giving a range of physical and mental health benefits.

“However we recognise that inactivity levels are highest amongst people with the lowest income. Our new leisure card means people on low incomes can now enjoy our gyms, classes and pools at a much reduced rate and people aged 75 and over can use our facilities for free during the day.

“This shows our commitment to giving everyone the opportunity to be more active and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.”

Wayne Desmond, contract manager at Everyone Active, added: “We are delighted to offer this new leisure card which makes our facilities more accessible for everyone in our local community.

“We hope it encourages those eligible for the offer to make the most of it and try out a range of activities so they can enjoy a healthier and more active lifestyle.”

Children and young people in care receive free casual access to the the leisure centres until they turn 25, and carers also receive free entry.

The council said off-peak times are:

Swimming 9am – 3pm, Monday to Friday (school holidays are peak times)

Gym 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday and at weekends

All other facilities 7am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.

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