If you are a local authority and the government has just told you that you have to provide free swimming for under 16s, then what do you do?
Well, if my local authority is anything to go by, you introduce so called ‘Family Friendly Swimming’ Sessions at all the times when children are likely to take advantage of the free swimming sessions, stating that children are not allowed in without an adult! Excuse me, did you say ‘family friendly’? So I now have to accompany any child under 16?
Result? Probably less children swimming than before, as now, all those families that permitted their children to go swimming on their own, (lets face it, there are more times in the day when the kids can go without parents than with), can no longer do that. Result? Probably less children swimming.
So a big thank you to the local authority for taking the spirit of the government’s scheme and turning it on its head. Sigh.
(Been a while since I’ve had a moan)