The Havant and Waterlooville leisure center will offer free swimming and sports to families during the summer

Havant and Waterlooville Leisure Centers are offering free swimming and sports sessions for families and individuals to encourage more people to stay fit and healthy over the summer.

Horizon’s free and active sessions will run until August 31 and will include both swimming and sports sessions.

Swim sessions will include free entry to fun family float sessions, as well as public swim sessions, taking place at different times at each center.

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File image of Havant & Waterlooville Swimming Club’s C photographed at the pool at the Horizon Recreation Center, which offers free swimming and sports to families during the summer holidays. .

People will be able to visit the Havant site on Mondays and Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to play badminton, table tennis and basketball for free.

The idea behind the initiative was to get less active people moving their bodies and doing physical activity, which is something the Horizon Leisure Trust, which runs the two centres, is passionate about.

General Manager Mike Lyons said: “We’re really keen on getting people moving, especially those who are less active. Keeping local families healthy is extremely important to us. With the cost of living crisis becoming increasingly difficult for everyone, we wanted to make healthy living even more accessible to everyone than we already do.

“Plus, we know how difficult it is for families to keep kids entertained over summer vacation while keeping activities affordable, so hopefully this will reduce some of that financial stress for parents.”

Horizon has introduced bootcamps at local parks, with the first session free, to provide people in the community who don’t want to visit a recreation center with access to fitness and exercise.

In addition to this, Horizon has introduced bootcamps at local parks, with the first session free, to give people in the community who don’t want to visit a recreation center access to fitness and exercise.

Mike added: “We want people to be able to access sports and fitness, sometimes it can be daunting coming to a leisure center for the first time so we wanted to bring fitness to the local community. These sessions are for beginners and will hopefully bring fun to the parks.

Those wishing to attend the free sessions should book through Horizon’s mobile app beginning Friday, July 22, which can be downloaded on iOS or Android, or at www.horizonlc.com