Youngsters can make waves this summer in Chorley as free swimming is back at two pools.

Last year around 3,500 young people from Chorley took advantage of the free swim offer run by Chorley Council and Active Nation which manages the council’s leisure facilities.

Now, free swimming is again being offered to those aged 16 and under throughout the school holidays.

Councillor Bev Murray, who oversees the council’s leisure centres, said: “This scheme is so popular with young people that it was important to us that we offered it again over the summer holidays.

"It gives youngsters something to do and swimming in a safe environment is an ideal way for them to keep active, have fun and meet people at the same time.

“Also the Commonwealth Games that are currently underway could inspire youngsters to take up sport and swimming is an ideal way to get started.

“It would be great if this encouraged people to participate in sport on a more regular basis.”

Youngsters can swim for free throughout the school holidays until Friday, September 5 for 45 minutes per session at All Seasons Leisure Centre, Water Street, from Monday to Friday between 2.30pm and 3.15pm and 3.15pm to 4pm and at Brinscall Pool on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 1pm.