Melbourn Sports Centre has been selected for a scheme offering swimming lessons to children aged 11-12 and fitness classes for eligible adults.

South Cambs District Council chose the sports centre for the free 'Exercise4Fun' fitness scheme, which is for adults with a BMI of 25+ (23.5+ for ethnic minorities).

The programme runs for 12 weeks, during which participants will be able to choose from a variety of sporting activities aimed to improve health and fitness levels.

Part of the programme will also focus on wellbeing and nutrition, aiming to help participants have a happier, healthier lifestyle. Benefits include a free 90-day sports centre membership. 

To be eligible, participants must be residents of South Cambs and not a member of any leisure centre.

The first programme schedule starts on Tuesday, August 29.

Details on how to enrol are available at

Royston Crow: The swimming pool at Melbourn Sports CentreThe swimming pool at Melbourn Sports Centre (Image: Clive Porter)

Melbourn Sports Centre has also been selected by Cambridge County Council to offer free swimming classes for 11 and 12-year-olds who are unable to swim and attend schools in South Cambs.

Working with a qualified instructor, these sessions aim to give pupils a chance for much needed water experience and help improve their confidence.

Sessions run from Monday, August 14 to Friday, August 18, and from Tuesday, August 29 to Friday, September 1, from 5pm to 5.30pm and from 5.30pm to 6pm.

For more information or to book email general manager Graham Johnson-Mack at


Graham said: "With over 25 years in the leisure industry working as a fitness instructor, swimming teacher, and now as sports centre manager I've enjoyed helping all ages and and abilities to learn to swim, keep fit and stay healthy.

"I feel that we are well adept to carry out this additional role in our daily community commitments."

In addition to Graham, the team consists of level 3 fitness instructor Robbie Lewis, who is also a swimming and water aerobics teacher, and level 2 fitness instructor and qualified swimming instructor Lucy Dickinson.

The sports centre includes a fitness suite, floodlit tennis courts and a new 3G AstroTurf pitch, funded by Sport England, lottery funds, the Football Foundation and South Cambs District Council.