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Update on leisure centres

Our sport and leisure centres are starting to reopen from 14 September. Get the latest information on our FAQs page.

Swim Leicester

Family swimming

Swimming is a great way to exercise. Our pools are available to all, regardless of age or ability. We run adult and children lessons, pool exercise classes and public swimming sessions.

COVID-19 information

In line with current government guidance, Braunstone Leisure Centre, Evington Leisure Centre, Leicester Leys Leisure Centre and Spence Street Sports Centre will reopen on Monday 14 September. Please note that swimming will commence in these centres on Monday 21 September, apart from Leicester Leys Leisure Centre, where an upgrade to our changing rooms means swimming will not be available until mid-October.

Cossington Street Sports Centre will also open on Monday 21 September. Our other centres will open in October. If your local pool isn’t open yet, as an Active Leicester member, you can still get access to any of our other swimming pools in the city. Find a leisure centre.

Please note that swimming lessons will not be available when we reopen. Further information on this will be communicated to members in due course.

Of course, in order to maintain the safety of our customers and staff, we need to undertake certain measures, meaning that your experience at our centres might be a little bit different. Here are some of the things we are introducing to keep you safe:

  • Booking and payment in advance are essential
  • Screens at reception desks and helpful information signage throughout our centres
  • Increased cleaning and hygiene measures across leisure centres
  • Social distancing to be observed at all times

Changes to our pools

Our current swim offer consists of lane swimming and general swimming. Some of the changes being made to the pool include:

  • Booking and payment in advance are essential
  • Sessions will be bookable in 60-minute slots, with the pool being cleared after 45 minutes to allow time for people to change and exit the changing rooms before the next session starts
  • Reduced capacities based on Swim England guidance
  • Customers need to arrive ready to swim, as changing rooms will only be available to customers leaving the pool
  • Spectating is not permitted
  • Equipment cannot be lent out, but you may bring your own training aids, floats, arm bands, small toys and sinkers
  • Customers who intend to use disabled changing facilities or hoist are advised to ring the centre ahead of their visit
  • Only one swimming session per day is permitted, so everyone can utilise the facilities
  • Customers should wipe down any cubicles or lockers they have used with sanitiser provided
  • All customers are advised to change as quickly as possible after swimming, and to shower and dry hair at home

Changes to lane swimming

Information for lane swimming:

  • Double-width lanes, with a maximum of 10 swimmers per lane
  • Customers must swim in the same direction
  • Swimmers must be 16 years old and over
  • No overtaking while swimming
  • When briefly resting, please use the end of the lane and face away from other swimmers as they pass
  • Water bottles are not permitted to be left at the end of a lane
  • Social distancing to be maintained within lanes

Information for general swimming

  • Available to all age groups
  • All customers must maintain a social distance away from other people not within their group

We are also working towards restarting swimming lessons and adapting our Learn to Swim programme to comply with Government guidance. Customers will be notified in advance of any planned starting date for swimming lessons.

Please book any sessions or classes in advance, to avoid disappointment. In order to book, you will need to be an Active Leicester member. We also advise that members pay in advance to save any unnecessary contact on arrival. When you come to our centres, please arrive in appropriate clothing (‘beach-ready’ if you are coming to swim) as our changing rooms may be unavailable.

Find further information about COVID-19 and Active Leicester on our FAQs page.

Casual swim prices

  Pay as you go Active Leicester members'
Adult swim £4.50 £4.10
Junior swim £3.40 £3.40
Fun swim £5.90 £5.30
Junior fun swim £4.40 £4.40
Family swim (2 adults + 2 children) excl. L Leys £12.50 £11.30
Family swim at L Leys (2 adults + 2 children) £16.20 £14.60
Casual class £6 £5.40
Parent and baby swim £3.70 £3.30
Aqua tots £4.40 £4

 

Find your nearest leisure centre
View term time and holiday timetables for public swimming, swimming lessons and pool exercise classes.

If you have problems accessing or viewing these timetables, please send us an email

Free Wifi

All of our swim sites now offer free WiFi. Ask at your local leisure centre reception for more information.