First Swimming Session at the Northolt Leisure Centre!

 Northolt Leisure Centre and Pool

‘As by previous arrangement I was met at Northolt Leisure Centre Underground Station at 2 pm by Ian and Fred.  We then walked the short distance to the leisure centre with Ian Francis giving me a very good description of the route so in the hope that something more regular might come up I would be able to get myself too and from without assistance.

Once at the leisure centre, I was introduced to Angela a volunteer who was taking the registration details and checking that all information they already had was correct.  Registration complete, Kara my guide dog stayed with Angela and I was then passed on to Chama another volunteer who assisted me to the changing room and then onto the poolside where I was introduced to Carl who was in charge.

My coach for the session was decided, unfortunately, I can’t remember his name.  I had about 2 hours of 1 to 1 improving my breast stroke and learning front crawl which I had previously had 2 terms of trying to learn this but achieving nothing!

The instruction I received this time was brilliant which meant that I made a good improvement during the session. If any more sessions could be arranged that would be brilliant news.

Please pass on my thanks to all who were involved in making it such an enjoyable day for me.

Also, It was nice to have a metro event over this side of London.’


by Linda Gaitskell


Learn to Swim with Metro Blind Sport and Ealing Swimming Club!

We are happy to say that we now have regular one to one subsidised swimming sessions.  If you would like to learn to swim please contact Fred below.


Swimming Event Details

Days and times are flexible! Thanks to our great partners and coach at the Ealing Swimming Club It may be possible to be flexible with times or days, with the 1 to 1 swimming sessions, subject to coaches availability.

Booking required

Time: 12.00 to 13.00  When: Mon or Weds – Ongoing!

Where: Northolt Leisure Centre, Eastcote Lane North, London, UB5 4AB.

Who for: Blind and partially sighted beginners/non-swimmers

Cost: £20.00 for four 1-1 Coached session *Saves £18.60 per session
*This is a subsidised rate for current Metro members only.

How to book: Please contact either Fred Burley – Ealing Swimming Club, Tel. 07428 783509 or email



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