Manchester City Council

Manchester improves free swimming for under 17s

A child swimming

Young people in Manchester are set to benefit from increased access to free swimming at Manchester swimming pools all year round thanks to an extension of the current swimming offer citywide.

From this Saturday, 8 June, Manchester’s under 17s will be able to swim for free every weekend bolstering the current swimming offer which allows them to swim for free during the school holidays.  


This new provision for young people will now complement the all year round access to free swimming enjoyed annually by more than 60,000 under 17 and over 60 Manchester residents already.


And it is the latest development in Manchester’s swimming provision which has seen numerous changes during the last ten years when the Council committed to significantly improving the swimming offer across the city.  


In that time there has been an increase in free swimming provision, an overhaul of the school swimming service, increased swimming lesson provision and changes to the way in which club and competitive swimming is supported by the city.


Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure said: “I am delighted that we have been able to extend our free swimming offer for young Mancunians to all year round as it offers increased access and opportunities to take part in healthy good fun activities which contributes to improving their physical and mental health and wellbeing too. It is another welcome positive addition to the changing face of swimming in Manchester and one which I hope lots of young people will take advantage of.”


The weekend free swimming sessions will be available citywide at selected times throughout the year at each swimming pool - subject to individual pool timetables, so it is advisable to check beforehand.

For details of participating pools, sessions and how to register, visit: https://mcractive.com/free-swimming 

Participating facilities:

Abraham Moss Leisure Centre, Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre, East Manchester Leisure Centre, Hough End Leisure Centre, Manchester Aquatics Centre, Moss Side Leisure Centre, North City Family & Fitness Centre, Wythenshawe Forum.

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