Free Swimming in Crawley!

82 per cent of Councils signed up to a major drive to get England more active – but not our Council in Crawley. Giving young people of 16 years and under FREE swimming at K2 would not only give them a FREE activity, but would also encourage them to have a healthier and more active lifestyle for FREE… LABOUR COUNCILLORS VOTED FOR IT - BUT THE CONSERVATIVES ON CRAWLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL VOTED NO! Free swimming for the over 60’s has amazing health benefits in reducing stress and keeping people healthy. Swimming is one of the best all around fitness activities, so surely with better health, we see less strain on the local NHS… BUT THEY SAID NO! K2 is the biggest and most impressive sports facility in the South East. Built by a Labour Council and opened in 2005, it boasts impressive facilities including a 50 metre Olympic size swimming pool. You or members of your family could have FREE access to it.… BUT THEY SAID NO! Conservative Crawley Borough Councillors refused free swimming, quoting from a survey “only 40% of people in Crawley would take up free swimming.” The survey was from 2004, well over a year before the Labour built state of the art centre K2 opened its doors with its vastly improved swimming facilities… BUT STILL THEY SAID NO! PLEASE ADD YOUR NAME TO THE PETITION - THAT'S ALL WE NEED. ONCE YOU'VE ADDED YOUR NAME, JUST CLOSE THE WINDOW! We, the undersigned, urge Crawley Borough Council, to sign up to the Government's Free Swimming for the under 16's and over 60's in Crawley. We urge the Council to reverse its decision enabling all under 16's and over 60's to enjoy the health and activity benefits of FREE SWIMMING

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Chris Oxlade was born and bred in Crawley and was a keen swimmer in Crawley Swimming Club, swimming for Crawley, Sussex and England in his teens. He knows the vast health benefits that swimming brings and is astounded Crawley Borough Council has shunned the scheme, with little investigation on how it would work and the costings of it. The Government pays the vast majority of the scheme, with Crawley Council tax payers contributing approximately 1p a week. With a lack of youth activities, it's an ideal chance to give young people a healthy activity for free. And the health benefits for the over 60's are plain to see.

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