Men banned from swimming sessions in North Walsham

Councillor Becky Palmer

Councillor Becky Palmer

Women-only sessions at a local swimming pool are proving so popular that a ban on men remains in place.

Victory Swim & Fitness Centre in North Walsham introduced the Friday morning sessions in March as part of the national This Girl Can campaign.

And they continue to attract up to 20 women per week.

The campaign, developed by Sport England and a wide range of partnership organisations, is a celebration of active women.

Victory is run by Places for People Leisure and owned by North Norfolk District Council.


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Councillor Becky Palmer, the local authority's Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: 'It's great to see these sessions are getting women and girls to the pool. It's all about giving women opportunities to enjoy sports and exercise, whether very gentle or full-on, in a low-pressure environment.

'There can be lots of different reasons why someone might not feel comfortable about exercising or about swimming, but this campaign is proving some of those barriers to exercising can be removed. We want to encourage and celebrate woman doing exercise – whatever their level.'

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The women-only sessions take place at Victory Swim & Leisure Centre on Friday mornings from 9am to 10am and cost £4.90 per session.

They are designed for women or girls of any age who want to exercise but may not usually take part in sport or exercise, feel self-conscious or can feel intimidated by sports-centred environments.

Stuart Jardine, General Manager at Victory Swim & Fitness Centre said: 'We are so pleased at how these sessions have grown, and that Places for People were able to secure this funding.

'From the moment ladies arrive at the pool, we want their experience to begin. We have considered every detail. Our friendly staff make sure everyone is shown where to go and make sure participants feel settled and comfortable.

'The sessions are relaxed, and fun, and a great way to start your day. The feedback has been amazing, This Girl Can Swim has certainly had a positive impact on these ladies' wellbeing'.

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