Down Leisure Centre Begins Autism Swim Sessions


Autism Friendly Swim Sessions Available at Down Leisure Centre.

Newry Mourne and Down District Council is delighted to announce a series of autism friendly swim sessions. These will run at Down Leisure Centre every Sunday between 4pm and 5pm until the end of June.

Cllr Mark Murnin, Newry Mourne and Down District Council chairperson, pictured at the new Down Leisure Centre pool for swimming beginners. The council is now running times for autism-friendly swims.

The next session is on Sunday 28 April at 4pm and can be booked online at:

A sensory-friendly environment has been created within the swimming pool for children with autism and their families to enjoy. Fun floats will add enjoyment to the session.

Newry Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin, encouraged families who could benefit from the sessions to take part. He said: “Physical activity is beneficial for those on the autism spectrum and can help with behaviours such as hyperactivity and aggression. I believe specialist sessions such as those planned by Down Leisure Centre can help improve children’s health and wellbeing.”

Booking is essential and available online only with limited spaces available.  Terms and conditions and normal admission criteria applies.

For more information contact Down Leisure Centre on 028 4461 3426, or email

Autism-friendly sessions are now available for the swimming pool in Down Leisure Centre in Downpatrick.