Young people can enjoy unlimited use of sports facilities at a Council-run leisure centre during the summer holidays for a heavily discounted cost.

The Council is providing a limited number of subsidised summer memberships at Jubilee2 – supported by funding from Ben Adams, the new Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime – as part of Staffordshire’s Space programme for 2021. (ALL SUBSIDISED OFFERS SOLD OUT. 22 July 2021**)

Eight to 17-year-olds, who live in or attend an education provision in Newcastle-under-Lyme and register for a Lyme Card, can use the swimming pool, climbing wall and gym from Monday, 26 July to Friday, 27 August for just £5 per person.

There are 700 spaces available on a first come, first served basis. Booking instructions, including important information relating to Covid-19, is available at www.newcastle-staffs.gov.uk . For more information, please contact Jubilee2 on 01782 616606 or e-mail space@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk . Please note that the gym is available to young people aged 12 and over, once they have completed an induction.

Cllr Jill Waring, Cabinet member for leisure, culture and heritage, said: “One of the Council’s priorities is to create a healthy and active borough so we’re delighted to provide local children with the opportunity to enjoy unlimited use of our excellent leisure facilities during the summer holidays for as cheap as chips.

“It’s very easy for youngsters to get bored during the long school break so we want to encourage them to fill their spare time with fun, healthy and positive activities. The heavily reduced cost of the membership is amazing value and means they can swim, climb or exercise to their heart’s content for just £1 per week, alongside all the other amazing things happening as part of Space 2021.”

Space was originally a popular activities scheme led by Staffordshire Police during the 80s and 90s aimed at engaging with young people. The new version – co-ordinated by the Staffordshire Commissioner – has similar objectives. Fun activities are planned and delivered by a wider collaboration of public and voluntary organisations.

More information about free or low cost Space events taking place in Newcastle-under-Lyme this year – such as multi-sports, dragon boat racing and tournaments – will soon be available at www.staffordshirespace.uk/2021

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