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PUBLISHED: 10:13 17 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:02 05 July 2010

Swimmers aged under 16 and over 60 will be able to visit their local pool for free for the next two years as part of a government scheme to encourage people to do more exercise.

Swimmers aged under 16 and over 60 will be able to visit their local pool for free for the next two years as part of a government scheme to encourage people to do more exercise.

Free trials for both age groups were run in Waveney over the summer and now money has been secured to pay for the programmes to continue for another two years.

Waveney District Council has been granted £110,000 to provide free swimming for under 16s and over 60s, as well as £35,000 to modernise the district's pools.

A spokesman for Waveney District Council said that during this summer's two-month trial, 11,747 people registered and there were 32,666 free swims.

She said: “We were keen to continue this positive approach and officers applied for this funding in order to ensure that we were able to offer free swimming for these groups for the next two financial years.

“Schemes like this are important in helping us increase participation and improve the health and wellbeing of residents. In fact, we feel they are so important, we are looking to secure further funding for other age groups, not covered by this current scheme - namely those over 16 and up to 60.”

Waveney MP Bob Blizzard said: “It's great that Waveney will be taking part in this national push to get everyone into the habit of keeping fit.”

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