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Great East Swim

Great East Swim Outreach 2019

Applications for this programme close on Friday 22nd March 2019.

Places are limited and subject to applicants meeting the eligibility criteria

The Ipswich programme is now full but places are still available on the Haverhill programme.

Welcome to the Great East Swim outreach programme which is in its eighth year. The programme is a partnership between Suffolk County Council and Active Suffolk which provides an opportunity for YOU and YOUR friends/relatives to take part in a progressive programme of training and support to help you get active, with the goal of taking part in the Great East Swim on Saturday 22nd June 2019.

The programme is open to individuals aged 18+ who are currently inactive: This means you must be doing less than 30 minutes physical activity per week.

This challenge involves a half mile or 1 mile open water swim in Alton Water Reservoir in Holbrook, Suffolk.

On these pages you will find everything you need to know and do to be part of this amazing project in 2019. As well as understanding all the support you will be receiving, you will find the participant criteria, course locations and dates, be able to register your interest and read about what happened to some of the previous participants:

Clara participated in the 2018 programme
"The programme has been amazing - it has made me believe I can do anything. There is no way I thought I could do this but the encouragement and belief of the coaches, Carol and fellow swimmers has got me through. I am now exercising at least 5 times a week and am running the 5k Race for Life tomorrow. I would never believed I could do that when I started" Clara

Programme Information and Eligibility Criteria

Please click on the link below to apply for a place on the Great East Swim 2019 Outreach Programme

Previous Programmes Case Studies
Martin, Cat and Claire, Rob and Kathryn and Olga

Full details of the 2019 Great East Swim can be found at:

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Ipswich Borough Council, Abbeycroft Leisure Trust and Allied Health Professionals in 2019. More information on each of our partners can be found by clicking on their logo below.

Colin Grogan

Sport, Health and Inclusion Development Manager (Culture, Sport and Communities)

Suffolk County Council

Adult and Community Services, Suffolk County Council, Endeavour House, Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BX
01473 264331

Carol Lukins

Programme Coordinator Great East Swim Outreach Programme

Suffolk County Council