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Swim England Approved!

Active Nation is making significant strides in its mission to inspire the nation to improve their health and well-being by working with local communities. Recently, their Yarborough Leisure Centre in Lincoln was awarded Swim England’s prestigious Water Well-being accreditation, with Business Manager Alex Morton-Cain & Lauren Cunliffe, Aquatics Lead leading water well-being.

This now sees three of our venues at the forefront of Active Nation’s efforts to transform community swimming pools into places dedicated to health, wellness and rehabilitation. This accolade was achieved as part of a broader initiative, where several other Active Nation facilities, including Bitterne Leisure Centre and the Quays Swimming and Diving Complex who have also received the Water Well-being accreditation. With Bitterne being the first centre in the Country to achieve this prestigious accreditation.

Yarborough Leisure Centre, under the dedicated leadership of Alex Morton-Cain, has undergone essential changes to ensure that the facility is accessible, inclusive and welcoming to the local community. The staff have been trained tin Swim England’s Aquatic Activity for Health qualification, enabling them to provide pool-based group exercises tailored for individuals with long-term health conditions.

Furthermore, swimming instructors at Yarborough Leisure Centre have been upskilled to offer adult swimming lessons specifically designed for people with health conditions. Every customer-facing team member has received additional training with a strong emphasis on inclusivity and ensuring an exceptional customer experience.

Alongside the upskilling of our team members we have also been able to partner with social enterprise Good Boost offering tailored health and wellbeing service within the pool. Good boost allows us to offer an affordable app-based therapeutic aquatic exercise programme for people with musculoskeletal conditions that can help improve mobility. This is a really exciting step forward in our Aquatic offer at Yarborough Leisure Centre.

Alex Morton-Cain, the Business Manager of Yarborough Leisure Centre, expressed his delight at achieving this accreditation and reiterated their mission to promote physical activity, holistic health and overall well-being in the local community. This dedication to community health and well-being is a testament to Active Nation’s commitment to reducing inactivity and enhancing health and well-being for years to come.

Andrew Power, Water Wellbeing Specialist said “It is fantastic to see leisure operators like Active Nation committed to becoming more accessible, inclusive and welcoming to people with some of the greatest barriers to swimming and aquatic activity, through our Water Wellbeing accreditation programme. The steps they have taken to date and the plans they have for the future, will most certainly have a significant impact on health and wellbeing within the communities they serve.”

Lauren Cunliffe, Group Aquatics Lead added “We are immensely proud to gain Water Wellbeing accreditation at Yarborough Leisure Centre and work with Swim England on this important programme. Our ongoing partnership with Swim England has enabled us to deliver on our health and well-being ambitions with more to come in 2024! We are passionate about increasing opportunities for more people to become active in the water and transform community swimming pools into places dedicated to health, wellness and rehabilitation.”

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