Fenland has the lowest percentage of regular swimmers in the whole of Cambridgeshire, new figures have revealed.
A league table published by Diabetes UK revealed just 5.8 per cent of adults in Fenland swim once or more a week, compared to 10 per cent in East Cambridgeshire and 9.1 per cent in Cambridge.
The figures hit social media site Facebook on Friday, when some residents said the reason they didn’t swim was because the water in Fenland’s swimming pools was too cold.
Others said the Fenland Council-owned pools in Wisbech and March, which has recently been refurbished, should have more open-to-all swimming sessions in the evenings.
To encourage more people to swim, Diabetes UK has now launched its Swim 22 challenge, where participants swim 22 miles (the distance across the English Channel) at their pool over the course of three months. The challenge, supported by Tesco, takes place from February 22 to May 22.
Sharon Roberts, eastern regional manager for Diabetes UK, said: “Swimming is a great way to keep physically active, which is really important for preventing Type 2 diabetes.
“And if you already have diabetes then you can help manage your condition through getting plenty of exercise and eating healthily.”
She also said the challenge will raise vital funds for the charity, and spur people on to get fitter in 2015.
To sign up to Swim 22 go to www.diabetes.org.uk/swim22 or call the national events team on 0345 123 2399.