Launched into Leisure

Merton Council gives foster families free membership to Merton’s leisure centres

Many of Merton’s foster families caught the fitness bug as they tested out gym equipment, at the launch of Merton Council’s Leisure Card Scheme at Canons Leisure Centre this month.

The new scheme, that is for foster families, looked after children and young people who have left care, who live in or close to Merton, offers one year’s free membership to Merton’s Leisure Centres.

Cardholders are entitled to reduced price leisure facilities and are able to participate in a range of activities, including swimming, playing badminton and using the gym equipment, at Canons Leisure Centre, Lavender Park and College Pavilion, Wimbledon Leisure Centre and Morden Park Pool.

The launch of the Leisure Card Scheme included tours of the centre, children’s activities and refreshments. There was even the chance to have a go at using the gym equipment after being shown how to use it correctly by trained Canons’ staff. Participants also received free-swimming vouchers.

Merton Council’s Director of Housing and Social Services, Rea Mattocks, said: “The launch of the new Leisure Card scheme was a great success. The scheme is a great opportunity for Merton’s foster families, looked after children and young people who have left care, to enjoy the variety of sports and leisure activities Merton’s Leisure Centres have to offer at a reduced cost.”

For further information on the foster carer and looked after children Leisure Card Scheme contact Merton Council’s Corporate Parenting Officer, Belinda Murray, on 020 8545 3964. For further information on caring services in Merton visit