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Young Women can take the Plunge with Free Swimming

Published Monday, 25 September 2017

Young women in Ribble Valley are invited to take the plunge with free swimming and coaching sessions in Clitheroe.

Ribblesdale Pool is offering an eight-week swimming and coaching programme for women aged 17 to 25 wanting to get back in the swim or non-swimmers looking to learn.

The programme has been funded by Ribble Valley Borough Council and Lancashire Sport as part of Sport England’s high-profile This Girl Can campaign, which aims to boost participation in sport among young women.

The programme offers weekly coaching sessions on a flexible basis, so that participants can fit them around their home and work life, and on completion they will receive a free one-month membership to the popular pool.

Stuart Carefoot, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community services committee, said: “We have joined forces with Lancashire Sport to offer this free programme as part of the successful This Girl Can campaign, which is helping women across the country take part in sport.

“Swimming is a low impact exercise that works almost every muscle in your body without putting your joints under stress and a gentle half-hour swim can burn over 200 calories, while a fast front crawl can burn as many calories as an eight-mile run.

“Young Ribble Valley women are invited to take up this fabulous offer and can be assured of a supportive and non-judgmental environment at Ribblesdale Pool, and a warm welcome from its friendly, knowledgeable staff.”

Ribblesdale Pool reopened earlier this year after a £250,000 three-month refurbishment featuring extensive modernisation to its reception and changing rooms.

There are just 50 places on the programme, which is open to young women who are not currently engaged in sport, and further details are available from Ribblesdale Pool on 01200 424825.

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