Calls for pool to have sessions for women only
CAMPAIGNERS converged on Horfield Leisure Centre on Mothering Sunday calling for sessions solely for women swimmers.
Dozens of youngsters and their mums protested outside the centre, calling for a women-only swimming sessions in line with all other public pools in Bristol.
Protestors say they want the sessions for both cultural and personal reasons. Their campaign is gathering support and a petition has generated several hundred signatures.
The activists say they have been left with no alternative than to protest because the management at Horfield Leisure Centre has refused to provide a women-only slot. Rahma Ali, spokesman for the campaign, said: "We asked Horfield Leisure Centre two years ago to give us the opportunity to swim with our children. They have refused to listen to us. They told us to take two buses to another pool. This is unfair and our children are missing out as they are not being allowed to go swimming with their mums.
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"We have been getting lots of support for our campaign and we are very pleased that so many people are backing us."
The protesters, members of Unite – the union's new community membership – are being supported by Bristol Community Housing Foundation and Bristol NHS.
Ms Ali said: "Horfield Leisure Centre does not allow women to swim in a way that recognises their culture."
A spokesman for the leisure centre said: "Everyone Active takes its customers' views very seriously and we are working with the council to enable us to offer a solution for this particular group of ladies."