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£100K funding to extend This Girl can Swim Project in Nottingham Pools

A campaign which encourages more women to make a splash and start swimming will run for another five months – thanks to more than £100,000 funding.More than 7,000 females aged 14 and over took part in ‘This Girl Can’ swim sessions at Nottingham City Council’s seven pools when the project first launched in November 2015.
The Sport England-funded scheme, which ran until summer 2016, was deemed to be such a success an additional cash fund of £103,810 has been given to the city council to keep it going until August.It will provide a minimum of two sessions a week at Clifton, Djanogly Community, Harvey Hadden, John Carroll, Ken Martin, Southglade and Victoria leisure centres.
Claire Sullivan, the council’s swimming and aquatic development officer, said: “Swimming is in decline nationally and this project seeks to address some of the barriers to swimming participation among women and girls. “The sessions provide dedicated women and girls swim time with guaranteed female lifeguards and female pool side helpers who will meet and greet customers into the facility, show them around and then be available on pool side to help and offer support to improve the swimming experience. Free access to the health suites during these sessions has been provided with the aim of delivering a swimming offer that is more appealing to women and girls.”
Works have already taken place across the leisure centres to install hair straightening facilities, new hair dryers and robe hooks at the pool side.Mood lighting has also been set up at Victoria Leisure Centre, in Gedling Street, Hockley, to trial the impact it makes.
A Sport England spokesman said: “The first phase of the This Girl Can swim programme in Nottingham has been really positive and has seen a steadily increasing number of women attending the sessions.Many of the thousands of women who’ve taken part hadn’t swum in over six months.We’ve also had some fantastic feedback from the women who have given it a go, including comments about the welcome you get and how comfortable it feels to swim in a relaxed and pressure-free environment. With the national campaign in full swing again, we want to help even more women in Nottingham to get active in a way that suits them.”
Timetable of sessions
Leisure centre Day and time Session duration
Clifton Leisure Centre Southchurch Drive, Clifton, NG11 8AB
Tuesday 11.30am to 12.15pm 45 minutes
Tuesday 6pm to 7pm 1 hour
Djanogly Community Leisure Centre Gregory Boulevard, Forest Fields, NG7 6ND
Tuesday 5.45pm to 6.45pm 1 hour
Wednesday 11am to 12pm 1 hour
Sunday 10.30am to 11.15am 45 minutes
Sunday 11.15am to 12pm 45 minutes
Harvey Hadden Sports Village Wigman Road, Bilborough, NG8 4PB
Sunday 10am to 11.30am* 1.5 hour
John Carroll Leisure Centre Denman Street Central, Radford, NG7 3PS
Friday 1.30pm to 3pm 1.5 hour
Saturday 4pm to 5pm 1 hour
Ken Martin Leisure Centre Hucknall Lane, Bulwell, NG6 8AP
Thursday 3pm to 4pm 1 hour
Thursday 8pm to 9.30pm 1.5 hour
Southglade Leisure Centre Southglade Road, Bestwood, NG5 5GU
Monday 9pm to 10pm 1 hour
Thursday 9.30am to 10.30am 1 hour
Victoria Leisure Centre Gedling Street, Hockley, NG1 1DB
Thursday 1.30pm to 2.30pm 1 hour
Friday 6.30pm to 8pm 1.5 hour

*Please note due to the location of the pools at Harvey Hadden, there may be male lifeguards and male swimmers in the south pool during these sessions. The viewing gallery may also be open.
‘This Girl Can Swim’ sessions are:
•Dedicated swim time for girls and ladies aged 14+
•Female lifeguards
•Female pool helpers during the session to meet and greet you on poolside, provide guidance and support
•Free access to the health suite after your swim and up to 30 minutes after the swim session has finished (subject to health suite opening times and availability)
Standard swim prices apply to the sessions:
•Full – £5.30
•Active Nottingham member – £4.30
•Concession – £1.80
Flexible Fitness and Nottingham Swim School members will access the sessions for free as part of their memberships.

Source Nottingham Post