SERVICE men and women in Ryedale are being invited to get active for free in celebration of Armed Forces Day.

Everyone Active is offering members of the Armed Forces complimentary access to Ryedale Sports Centre, Ryedale Swim and Fitness Centre and Derwent Swim and Fitness Centre on June 26 and 27. The goodwill gesture has been made to mark Armed Forces Day, which takes place on Saturday, June 26.

On that weekend, all those who have and continue to serve in the Armed Forces will be granted free-of-charge access to the gym and public swimming sessions at the sites.  

There are currently more than 198,000 UK Service Personnel. Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for the nation to show their support for these service men and women and their families, as well as veterans and reservists.

Jon Bird, Everyone Active’s general manager, said: “We’re determined to support the people in our local community, including service men and women.

“This initiative helps us to show our appreciation for the work they do.

"Whether it’s a workout in the gym, a few leisurely lengths of the pool or spending quality times with their loved ones during our family fun swims, we hope they are able to take advantage of the wealth of activities we offer.” 

Phillip Spurr, Programme Director for Economic Development, Business and Partnerships for Ryedale District Council, added: “This is a great initiative that honours Armed Forces Day.

"Service men and women in Ryedale have given so much for their communities, it’s only right that we do what we can to support them.”

All Armed Forces personnel will be required to present proof of service at their chosen Everyone Active centre. They will also need to fill in the necessary health and safety forms and watch the online induction before being granted free access.

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