Renfrew Victory Baths

FREE swimming sessions are being offered to OAPs at all pools in Renfrewshire.

The generous move by bosses at Renfrewshire Leisure – the management trust that runs sports and leisure centres locally – is in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Over 50s Club at Renfrew’s Victory Baths.

Renfrew Victory Baths

Senior citizens can get free entry – normally £1.25 per swimming session – to the pools at Paisley’s Lagoon Centre; The On-X, in Linwood; Johnstone Sports Hub; Renfrew’s Victory Baths and Erskine Swimming Pool during the week beginning Monday, October 5.

Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure explained: “The Over 50s Club at Victory Baths have been doing a fantastic job of encouraging more mature people to keep active by swimming regularly.

“They have more than 30 octogenarians who are members of the swimming club and they are a great example to us all.

“They also run an active social events calendar for their members and have raised £35,000 for local charities in the past 25 years.”

Joyce added: “We wanted to do something to recognise the Over 50s Club’s achievement in reaching their quarter of a century, as well as encouraging other senior citizens to stay active and healthy through swimming.

“I hope lots of OAPs take advantage of our free swimming offer and enjoy the health and well-being benefits of swimming.”

Over 50s Club President Isobel Marshall said: “This is a great idea and I’d encourage pensioners to take advantage of the free swimming offer.

“Swimming is a fantastic way to keep healthy and if you join a club like ours, there’s great camaraderie among the members.”