Essential life skill to be provided by health and wellbeing charity this Christmas

By Lucy Bourne November 26, 2021

Media Release

Essential life skill to be provided by health and wellbeing charity this Christmas

Active holidays

Alex- Swim Session Coordinator and Abby- Active Holidays Lead


Everybody Sport and Recreation will be getting children in Macclesfield water confident over the Christmas holidays as part of the winter Multi Activity Days.

The fun filled multi-activity days will provide a fun and safe location for children and young people to come and relax, make friends and be active during the winter holiday period. Helping children and young people to build confidence and self-esteem while improving social skills, co-ordination and fitness levels.

Everybody activity leads will deliver planned activities such as sports hall activities, team games, crafts, healthy eating sessions and more, plus the enhanced offer with their new ‘Let’s Get Swimming’ water confidence sessions.

This summer, Everybody was awarded funding from Cheshire East Council’s Holiday Activity Fund which provided children entitled to free school meals, free places on Everybody’s Multi Activity Days. The charity has once again been successful in securing funding from Cheshire East Council for their Winter Holiday Activity Fund Programme, due to identifying a local need for children to learn essential water confidence skills.

Lee Malkin, Sports Development Manager at Everybody Sport and Recreation shares,

“During our summer holiday activity programme in Macclesfield, we found that 85% of children on a funded place were identified as a weak or non-swimmer, as well as 32% of children who were on a paid place. We quickly recognised an urgent need for this essential life skill to be available to children accessing our holiday scheme.”

“This winter children and young people will be able to improve their swimming ability by attending our new water confidence sessions ‘Everybody Let’s Get Swimming’. The sessions are a fun 45 minute water based activity with a chance to develop swimming skills, water confidence and strength. For all abilities, sessions will complete with an opportunity to have a taster of water-polo games, lifesaving activities, or Christmas themed competitions all led by qualified swimming instructors.”

Multi Activity Days will be available at Macclesfield Leisure Centre on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd December, from 9am-3pm, for those aged 8 to school year 8. All children will receive a goody bag with a swim hat, goggles and certificate to say they have completed Everybody’s ‘Let’s Get Swimming’ sessions.

Booking is essential as spaces are limited.

For more information about free funded places which include a hot meal and healthy snacks and drinks from Taste for Life Cafe please contact: [email protected]

As well as funded places, Everybody Sport and Recreation’s Multi Activity Days at Macclesfield Leisure Centre has places available to book from £16 per day which will also include the new ‘Let’s Get Swimming’ water confidence sessions. These sessions will be available to book from Monday 29th November.

Find out more about the holiday activities and how to book here:


Notes to Editor

Everybody Sport & Recreation – Everybody Sport and Recreation is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. As a Health and Wellbeing Charity, Everybody Sport and Recreation aims to provide ‘leisure for life’ by changing lives through healthy recreation. The charity operates 16 leisure facilities across the Cheshire East region as well as a range of Health, Leisure Development and Outreach programmes and the new Everybody Academy, providing local training and career opportunities. For more information please visit: or follow on Twitter @ebleisure.

Swim England shares

“Drowning is still one of the most common causes of accidental death in children, so being able to swim is an essential life-saving skill. It’s important to remember that children who appear water confident are not always competent swimmers.”

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