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Updated: Jun 28, 2019

MSP Rona Mackay says she is delighted that East Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust has agreed to introduce a swimming quiet hour in Bishopbriggs’ Leisuredrome pool for people with autism and other sensory impairments.

Ms Mackay wrote to Mark Grant, General Manager of East Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust, during World Autism Awareness week to ask if they would consider this proposal.

Research has shown that people with autism who engage in activities such as swimming, tennis or other recreational activities, allows for increased strength, endurance, coordination, and motor skills. Some children with autism have poorer muscular strength and endurance and exercising can significantly improve this.

Ms Mackay said: “I’d like to thank the Leisure Trust for agreeing to this. Most swimming pools can be a sensory overload for people with autism and I’m delighted that now they will be able to enjoy this activity in a relaxed, calm atmosphere.

“The Trust has agreed to introduce this quiet hour on a trial basis starting from Saturday, 13th July 2019. This will run every Saturday between 5:30pm and 6:30pm until 17th August.

“I hope families throughout Strathkelvin and Bearsden and beyond will take advantage of this fantastic new session to ensure that this continues as a permanent activity at the Leisuredrome.”

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