Get In the Swim for a Summer Challenge! High Five!

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Youngsters throughout Rhondda Cynon Taf are being invited to take part in more pool-based activities this summer and win plenty of free leisure activities – in the ‘2010 Challenge’

Children aged 16 and under are being encouraged to attend their local swimming pool 20 times and take part in 10 different activities during school holiday free swim periods throughout the year as part of the challenge.

Some of the activities on offer include learn to swim lessons, canoeing, aqua fun, personal survival skills and snorkelling. All of the county borough swimming pools are taking part in the scheme at Aberdare, Abercynon, Bronwydd, Hawthorn, Llantrisant, Tylorstown, Ystrad and Tonyrefail.

Attendance will be recorded via the till swipe system, and those who complete the challenge will be eligible for a free three-month ‘more max’ leisure card.

This card entitles the holder to access hundreds of pounds worth of activities at Rhondda Cynon Taf’s leisure centres and pools between January 2011 and March 2011.

The ‘2010 Challenge’ forms part of the fun-packed High 5 programme, which offers free leisure activities to youngsters throughout the school holidays.

The Council’s High 5 scheme enables children aged 16 and under, together with their parents or carers to access both water-based and indoor activities at all Rhondda Cynon Taf leisure centres and swimming pools, free of charge Monday to Friday for the entirety of the summer holidays.

Youngsters can swim for free between 11am and 4.30pm during the holidays, and up to two adults and three children can swim for free as a family group between 11am and 5.30pm. Always check with your latest pool as some classes may take place during these times.

Activities such as football and racquet sports are offered at leisure centres between the times of 10am and 5pm.

Supervised and coached activities will be arranged at a majority of the centres and pools.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Recreation and Tourism Cllr Robert Bevan explained: “We have plenty of great activities to keep young people active throughout the summer holidays and we’re sure many of them and their families will take advantage of the fun on offer.

“With the successful ‘2010 Challenge’ also being promoted within Rhondda Cynon Taf, we hope many more children and young people will reap the benefits of a healthier lifestyle by enjoying plenty of exercise as they enjoy free swimming.

“Rhondda Cynon Taf Council remains committed to providing first-class leisure facilities and with so many activities on offer, there will also be plenty to do over the summer break.”

More details on the ‘2010 Challenge’ can be seen at or in the ‘more swimming’ brochure, which is available now from local leisure centres and swimming pools.

To contact your nearest leisure centre or pool go to or call Leisure Services on 01443 400563.


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