Family swimming sessions return as Scarborough Sports Village continues its phased reopening

Family swimming sessions are returning to Scarborough.

Friday, 18th September 2020, 2:53 pm
Updated Friday, 18th September 2020, 2:55 pm

Scarborough Sports Village is reintroducing the sessions from Monday, September 21.

Aquafit classes started again this week and the centre is looking to bring back evening laned swimming.

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The pools at Scarborough Sports Village

Martin Miles, Everyone Active’s area contract manager, said: “Things are going really well at Scarborough Sports Village. After a successful reopening of our gyms, studios and pools, we’re pleased to take the next step in our phased reopening plan.

“All swimming lessons are now taking place and over 70 per cent of our customers have returned.

“Laned swimming is also available and we are currently reviewing the timetable to include evening laned swimming.

“A variety of measures have been introduced across the facilities to ensure that we maintain a safe environment for our colleagues and customers,” he added.

“These include booking in advance for sessions and fewer lessons within the pool at any one time, to allow for both children and swimming teachers to social distance.

“The response we’ve received from our customers has been overwhelmingly positive and we’re so pleased to see many new and returning customers through our doors.

“Many of our activities including badminton, table tennis, netball and outdoor football have returned and we are looking to reintroduce more activities over the coming months.

“For those who are not comfortable visiting us just yet, our online packages are perfect for staying fit and healthy in the meantime.”

Scarborough Sports Village and Whitby Leisure Centre reopened last month after being forced to shut because of the pandemic.

Jo Ireland, Scarborough Borough Council Customers, Communities and Partnership Manager, said: “It has been rewarding to see our centres open again and we hope that the pools reopening will give people more opportunities to be active and to participate in activities that they enjoy.

As reported by The Scarborough News, Alpamare water park began a phased reopening at the end of July.

The reopening of swimming at Scarborough Sports Village also means the return of Scarborough Disabled Swimming Group’s sessions.

These include aqua sensory activities in the pool which - thanks to support from the Sirius Minerals Foundation and other funders - has one of the largest aqua sensory lighting systems publicly available in Yorkshire.

The group said: “Our volunteers have pulled out all the stops to get our swim sessions safely back on, although in a slightly different format. It’s great to be back.

“Many of our members have been shielding for the last five months so it is imperative that regular exercise and social interaction starts again, and it is hoped our swim sessions will help facilitate this safely.”

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