13 Feb 2009

A weekend of Free Family Fun is back this weekend (14 – 15 February) for families looking for a splashing start to half term.

Four leisure centres across Wrexham will be offering a range of free activities for young people aged 16 and under this weekend, thanks to the Welsh Assembly Government’s Free Swimming Initiative.

Snorkelling with underwater ski-doo scooters, synchronised swimming and water polo will be just some of the activities on offer, but the weekend will also see the launch of ‘Parent & Paddler’ Splash ‘n’ Swim classes. This new session with a relaxed adult to child ratio will help larger families enjoy the water together.

The weekend activity programme will be running across Wrexham Waterworld, Plas Madoc, Chirk and Gwyn Evans Leisure and Activity Centres.

Alun Ffred Jones AM, Minister for Heritage said:

"Keeping children fit, active and entertained, during the holidays is essential so it is great to see Local Authorities offering such a wide range of activities to children.

"This is another great example of how the Welsh Assembly Government’s Free Swimming Initiative is creating more opportunities for young people of all abilities to participate in sport and physical activity."

A competition will also be running at each site to win either a block of swimming lessons or a three month swimming pass, depending on the age and need of the winner. An additional competition will run across all sites with a change to win a PURE gym and swim membership.

All swimmers need to do is complete a short questionnaire about themselves and why they like swimming to be in with a chance of winning the prize.

There is a range of activities on offer for free in leisure centres across Wales as part of the Free Swimming Initiative.

For more information on the Free Swimming Initiative, contact your local leisure centre, or visit