Leisure opportunities are being opened up to Arun’s Children in Care and Care Leavers with free access to the district’s sports centres.
Freedom Leisure is working in partnership with Arun District Council and West Sussex County Council to support Looked After and Adopted Children within Arun and Care Leavers to lead healthy and active lives.
The region’s young people are being given the opportunity to swim or go to the gym for free at either Arun Leisure Centre or Littlehampton Swimming and Sports Centre.
Stephen Hillier, Cabinet Member for Children – Start of Life at West Sussex County Council, said: “Research is very clear on the links between physical activity and good emotional health and well-being so this really is a fantastic initiative.
“All of us are aware that being in care or leaving care may present some challenges for these children and young adults so this is a fantastic step forward in getting them the support they deserve. It may only seem like a small gesture but it could be life-changing for one of our teenagers who might go on to develop a passion for sport, or even just be and feel much healthier. I am very grateful to Arun District Council and Freedom Leisure.”
Freedom Leisure is committed to working with its local partners to deliver bespoke programmes that meet the sport and physical activity objectives within that area.
Its Community Development Team in Arun is a key part of the service and they work to support key target groups.
Nigel Lynn, CEO at Arun District Council, said: “We are delighted that Freedom Leisure is providing this deal for one of the most vulnerable groups within our district. This is a fantastic opportunity for these children to take part in physical activity as a route towards a more healthy and active life.”
To find out more about leisure opportunities in Arun, visit Freedom Leisure's website.