Swimming Pools Ease Pressure on NHS

Swimming.org reports: Swim England has welcomed the release of ukactive’s Leading the Change: social prescribing within the fitness and leisure sector report and insists it also shows why urgent investment is needed in facilities for the future.

The recognised national governing body has been a champion of aquatic activity as a key tool to help improve health and wellbeing and the report makes specific mention of Swim England’s detailed work in that area.

Statistics previously published by Swim England show that swimming helps to save the health and social care system more than £357 million a year – as being active in the water can help prevent, and treat, a number of physical and mental health conditions.

Now ukactive is recommending that the Government and its agencies unlock the potential of fitness, leisure facilities and pools to serve more people through social prescribing.

Critical moment

Philip Brownlie, Swim England head of public affairs, said this showed why more investment is needed to ensure there were the facilities for the future.

Swim England has warned up to 2,000 pools could be lost by the end of the decade as pools which were constructed in the 1960s and 1970s are coming to the end of their lifespan – while not enough new facilities are being built to replace them. More