Ladies-only swimming project to encourage over-45s to exercise

Silverdale Caravan Park, near Morecambe
Silverdale Caravan Park, near Morecambe

Women in Tadcaster are being encouraged to get back in the pool thanks to a new swimming project.

Swim Together, run by the Tadcaster Swimming Pool Trust and Sport England, will focus on helping inactive women over the age of 45 to improve their swimming and take part in sport and exercise on a regular basis.

It is open to people with health issues or those who lack confidence in the water and who could benefit physically and mentally from swimming.

Participants in the scheme will be able to access one-to-one coaching with a qualified instructor, before continuing their swimming in group sessions with those of similar ability.

The lessons are offered at a discounted price of £4.50, reduced from the usual public fee of £18.

“It is fantastic that Tadcaster is working with Sport England and SPORTA to improve the health of our community. We hope that one-to-one instruction will give people the confidence to try swimming and feel the benefits of water-based exercise,” said the pool’s facility manager Chris Porter.

A total of £430,889 of National Lottery money has been used to fund 17 UK-wide projects aimed at getting more people to exercise, including Tadcaster’s. Schemes had to ensure they will support community trusts to do things differently and find proactive and resourceful ways to engage groups that haven’t, until now, been interested in sport and fitness activities.

The Tadcaster project is part of the Make Your Move campaign, which plans to get people to do at least one 30-minute session of physical activity or sport per week – and keep it up for six months or longer. It is hoped that schemes across the country will engage 40,000 people over three years.

Local GPs will be referring eligible patients to the scheme, but other women who feel they may fulfil the criteria can contact the pool 01937 833001 or email chris@tadcasterpool.org.uk for more information and to book sessions.