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If you have any queries about visiting Stechford Leisure Centre, the services we offer, or anything else - please don’t hesitate to contact us.


This Girl Can Swim

The women-only swimming sessions that are designed to make you feel more comfortable and confident in the water and by the pool.
Beginner? Come on in.
Good swimmer, but you haven’t been for a while? Come on in.

Frightened of the water? Come on in…slowly, of course – we’ve got you.

Working alongside Sport England, the people behind the super successful This Girl Can campaign, we’re running women-only swimming sessions designed to suit you.

Non-judgemental, supportive, scheduled flexibly – that’s This Girl Can Swim.


Wear what you like

We know it’s not just about the water. What are you going to wear?

At This Girl Can Swim, you wear what’s comfortable for you. This could be shorts and a t-shirt, or whatever cossie you feel relaxed in. No-one’s judging anyone at these sessions. It’s about you being in the water and getting the physical and mental benefits that brings.
Bring a robe, if you’d feel more comfortable in one. How long you keep it on is up to you. Our staff understand how people can feel at swimming pools and have been trained specifically for the This Girl Can Swim sessions.

Me time!

Do you make time to do the things you enjoy? Or, do you want to try new things but never take the plunge? Swimming and just being in water is a great way to de-stress, de-clutter your mind and just feel alive.

Forget about your phone for a moment, don’t worry about emails…it’s just you, the water and a friendly, supportive atmosphere. The people in your life will benefit, as you’ll be more relaxed, have more energy and be more in the moment.


Here’s what to expect

You’re never alone through these sessions – our specially trained This Girl Can Swim staff will be by your side. From the moment you arrive at the pool, your experience begins. One of our friendly staff will make sure you’re shown where to go and get you settled in.


Changing rooms

We’ll take you to the changing rooms, show you where everything is and how it works. There will be lockers for your valuables, but we also give you a box to put any items you want to take pool-side. We pride ourselves on the cleanliness of our changing rooms and the power of our hairdryers!



Once you’ve changed, we’ll take you to the pool and be on hand to provide guidance and support, or just to be a friendly face while you’re getting used to things. If you don’t feel ready to get in the pool yet, it doesn’t matter – keep on your robe and just check out how we do things until you feel comfortable.


7 things to bring

  1. A good sized towel. The fluffier the better.
  2. Your costume. A swimming hat and goggles are optional.
  3. A t-shirt, just in case.
  4. Money for the lockers.
  5. A bottle of water.
  6. Shower gel.
  7. Shampoo.


Session Times

Cocks Moors Woods
Wednesday19:00 - 21:00£3.00
Stechford Cascades
Tuesday21:00 - 22:00£2.00
Sunday18:00 - 19:00 
Fox Hollies
Friday19:30 - 20:15£2.00
Stechford Cascades Tuesdays & Sundays, please be aware we run Adults-only sessions (Tuesdays) at Cocks Moors Woods, Erdington Leicester Centre & Beeches Pool at the same time as This Girl Can session on Tuesdays.

For Sunday sessions, please be aware we run Casual swim at Fox Hollies Leisure Centre, Wyndley Leisure Centre, Beeches Pool, and Erdington Leisure Centre.
(Please note: Stechford Pool was closed prior to the This Girl Can sessions)

Cocks Moors Woods sessions on Wednesdays, please be aware others sessions at Fox Hollies Leisure Centre, Wyndley Leisure Centre and Stechford Cascades at the same time as This Girl Can sessions.



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working in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council