Free swimming sessions on offer for Angus school kids as part of April Holiday Programme

Children, young people and families in Angus will be jumping for joy this Easter with a fun-filled programme of activities from ANGUSalive.

Deborah Welsh
Wednesday, 16th March 2022, 9:18am
Free swimming sessions on offer for Angus school kids as part of April Holiday Programme

There’s little chance of anyone becoming bored during the April break. The exciting Easter holiday schedule includes a fantastic choice of things to do in the area and includes adventure, craft, movies, sport, wildlife and water sport activities.

Thanks to funding from Angus Council, free swimming sessions will also be available to all school age children in Angus throughout the Easter break. This free offer is available for lane, family and inflatable swim sessions.

Ross Smith, Acting Adult and Community Physical Activity Lead with ANGUSalive, said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer junior and family activities, as well as free swimming with support from Angus Council this Easter.

“Our varied holiday programme ensures we have something to appeal to all interests, as well as activities for specific disability and inclusion groups.”

For children who are absolute beginners to swimming, crash course swimming lessons are available to help build confidence and improve water skills.

Other sporting activities include gymnastics, trampoline, rugby, cricket and football camps.

There will be some top seasonal films being screened at The Webster Memorial Theatre, Arbroath and adults will be able to enjoy the 1948 glorious hit movie ‘Easter Parade’.

The classic film stars Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford and Ann Miller. The music by Irving Berlin included some of Astaire and Garland's best known songs, including ‘Easter Parade’, ‘Steppin' Out with My Baby’ and ‘We're a Couple of Swells’.

Doors open at 1pm and a cup of tea and Easter cake is included in the price of a ticket.

Grown-ups and little ones can look forward to the fun-filled family comedy ‘The Dog who saved Easter’. An Easter Egg for children is included. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Drop-in family fun sessions will be available at all of the museums in Angus where visitors can find out about the Picts at the Meffan Museum or search for lighthouses at the Signal Tower Museum.

Young adventurers will also be able to enjoy a full week of outdoor adventure at Monikie Country Park, including canoeing, paddleboarding and kayaking, with dry-side activities such as mountain biking, teambuilding, bush craft and survival skills.

The return of the ever-popular family inclusive bike sessions will also provide fun-for-all with tandems, trikes, hand bikes, recumbent, side by side, mountain, wheelchair and balance bikes.

Councillor Mark Salmond, Angus Council’s Communities Convener, said: “We’re pleased Angus Council can support ANGUSalive with free swimming for all Angus children during the April school holidays.

“There are so many benefits to children and young people swimming – including building their confidence in the water and improving their swimming skills but most of all it’s fun!

“Funding for these sessions has been sourced from our Holiday Food and Fun budget.”

ANGUSalive Holiday Activities are tailored to suit all abilities with ‘Give Unified Rugby a Try’ a new addition to the Disability and Inclusion offering. If someone requires that bit of extra support, a buddy can be arranged to assist with this at no extra charge.

The Holiday Club is also sure to appeal to lots of young people in Angus too.

The fun and exciting sessions will take place every day and there will be lots of activities on the agenda such as sports, crafts and games.

The Holiday Club will run from 10am to 11am each day from Monday, April 4, to Friday, April 8, and then again from Monday, April 11, to Friday, April 15.

Free swimming sessions for all children in Angus over Easter at ANGUSalive swimming pools are in partnership with Angus Council.

All sessions should be pre-booked as they are only available at certain times for four to 17-year-olds (ANGUSalive already offers free swimming for 0-3 year olds).

Swimming lessons are exempt from the free swimming offer. Booking for free swimming sessions can be made on the ANGUSalive app, online or by calling your local centre.

To find out more visit where you can also book.

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