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Free cinema, swimming and skate jams on offer to young people in Gedling this summer

Young people across Gedling borough won’t need deep pockets to stay entertained this summer, thanks to a range of free events on offer from Gedling Borough Council.

Free swimming sessions, leisure access, skate jams and a free screening of Avengers: End Game are on offer to young people aged 11-16, as part of a new scheme to encourage youngsters to get more active in the borough over the summer.

From next week, there will be a host of events and activities during the school summer holidays at the council’s leisure centres, skate parks, community centres and at The Bonington Theatre & Cinema that will be free or subsidised.

The Bonington is offering a free showing of the blockbuster hit Avengers: Endgame where there will also be a programme of cinema releases aimed at young people.

There will be free public swimming sessions at Carlton Forum and Arnold Leisure Centre and several youth centres across the borough will be hosting free activities including free access to 3G football pitches.

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Avengers: End Game is showing for free at The Bonington this summer

There will also be several skate jam events at skate parks across the borough with professional skateboarders and BMX riders offering free lessons and advice.

The scheme launch follows the creation of a new Gedling Borough Council Cabinet role for Young People and Equalities. The portfolio holder for the new role is Councillor Viv McCrossen, supported by policy advisor, Councillor Kathryn Fox.

Cllr McCrossen has secured £10,000 in funding to put on this series of events from July until August and it is part of a wider aim to provide more for young people.

Cllr McCrossen will focus on improving equalities for young people, increasing engagement with young people and liaising with bodies and organisations that work with young people on issues such as mental health and social mobility.

Councillor Viv McCrossen, Portfolio Holder for Young People and Equalities said: “This is a really exciting programme for young people aged 11-16. We have some great events for toddlers and young children through our play days but we realised that there was not much for young people so we have created this programme.

“These activities will take place throughout the summer and will give young people a chance to take part in a number of things for free or for a small fee which could inspire them to do something that makes them more active.”

For the full list of all activities, taking place between July and August for 11-16 year olds, or to download a brochure visit www.gedling.gov.uk/events or email community@gedling.gov.uk for more information.

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