Leisure centers are set to launch free membership for children in care and experienced youngsters.

DIVE RIGHT IN: Young people can spend time in the pool for free

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Leisure centers in Slough, Berkshire, are set to offer free membership to children in care and young people with experience in care from this month.

Langley Leisure Center and center run by award-winning operator Everyone Active in partnership with Slough Borough Council is taking part in new initiative to reduce barriers between children and young people taking part in sport and physical activity .

Free membership will give them access to a range of facilities depending on their age, including gym, swimming, soft play and group exercise.

According to the latest figures from the Department of Education for Children in Care (CLA) in England, the number of children in care is at an all time high, at more than 80,000 children, or 67 out of 10,000.

This year, Everyone’s Active launched its National Community Health and Wellness Strategy, with the goal of meeting the needs of individual communities through programs that help people be physically active and feel happy and healthy. in good health.

As part of the strategy, this membership will support children in care or experienced young children with free access to recreational facilities that can help improve their physical health and mental well-being.

Free membership for children in care and young people with care experience can be viewed and set up through a referral system from the Council’s local Family Support Teams.

Luke Routhorn, Everyone Active’s Head of Contracts, said: “We are extremely proud to launch this partnership in Slough. We understand the vital role we play in supporting all sectors of the community and believe this membership will make a real difference in the lives of many young people.

“We want to provide opportunities for young people and children who have been or are currently in care, this activity is for everyone, and we want to provide them with a safe space to enjoy our offer of sports and activities.”

Councilor Christine Hulme, Member responsible for Children’s Services, Lifelong Learning and Skills, said: “As the SBC parent company for our children in care and outgoing, this is a very welcome development and will give these young people opportunities they may not have had before. This will provide them with something fun and healthy to do during summer vacation. I hope they will enjoy all the activities offered.

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