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In this section you'll find out how you can get sportier and get out and about in your spare time.


Not only does sport keep you fit and active, it also helps to get you out of the house and doesn't have to cost anything at all.

If you're a keen swimmer, more than 200 local authorities across England are offering free swimming to anyone under the age of 16. If you want to learn how to swim, there are also more than 100,000 free lessons available.

Even if your local authority isn't offering free swimming for under-16s, you will still be able to use a pool for free in a nearby area that is taking part in the scheme.

Start up a community project

Did you know that there are millions of pounds available to create local projects that young people can use?

If you think there's a lack of activities and facilities for teenagers in your neighbourhood, your local authority wants to hear from you.

Stop climate change

There are lots of things you can do at home to stop global warming and save energy.

Just making a few changes will really make a difference if everybody does it.

Youth clubs and classes near you

Your local authority may run youth clubs or drop-in centres where you can catch up with your friends and meet others.

You can also find out whether your local authority runs any classes that you may be interested in. They may organise a whole range of activities, such as drama groups and sport classes, without you even realising.

The following link will let you enter details of where you live and then take you to your local authority website where you can find out more.

Ideas for your spare time

If you're stuck for something to do, take a look at our ideas for using up your leisure time. From taking up a sport, learning a new skill to finding out more about your local history, there's something for everyone.

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