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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Swimming boosts the health of women in Tinsley

Swimming positively affects many aspects of our lives. Whilst out door-knocking, our community organiser Zahira met Rozina, who wanted to see swimming sessions started in Tinsley for ladies.  Rozina explained that she wanted to learn to swim as she heard it be good for her asthma but had never been in a swimming pool. She explained that many of her female friends and acquaintances had never been swimming either, due to barriers such as mixed swim sessions, male lifeguards, the expense and a lack of transport.

Zahira contacted Sportive, who gave her some funding to run swimming sessions.  She was lucky to be able to book the swimming baths at Zest, who agreed to provide a women-only swimming session staffed by women lifeguards and swimming instructors.

She also secured some money for transport! The news spread like wild fire, and before we knew 30 local women wanted to attend the sessions!!  In addition, we soon had a reserve list of ladies who wanted to get involved.

Rozina has since become one of our community volunteers and altogether 74 women and girls from Tinsley have attended the swim sessions.

For more information please contact Zahira Naz, Community Organiser for Darnall and Tinsley, on 0114 249 0099 or send us an email or a tweet.

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