Southwark Free Swim & Gym Eligibility Requirements

When is ID required?

Renewing – You will not be required to provide ID if you are renewing your membership.

Registering – You will need to provide two proofs of eligibility – one document from each, (1. Proof of Individual) and (2. Proof of Southwark Residency):

Below is the list of appropriate ID to be provided by customers for the Southwark Free Swim and Gym scheme.

Under 15s
(Parents must register on behalf of the child)
1. Proof of individual
  • Passport
  • Medical Card/Certificate
  • Birth Certificate
  • Bank statement/ building society statement or passbook in child’s name
  • Credit union account in child’s name
  • Passport
  • Photo driving license
  • National Identity card
  • Other official forms of photo ID e.g bus pass, civil servant/government ID, emergency services ID.
  • National Insurance Card/letter
2. Proof of Southwark residency
  •  Any of the documents adjacent in the name of their parent/guardian
  • Council tax bill (within current year)
  • Valid in last 3 months: Utility bill, Bank statement, rent book/ statement
  • For customers living in halls of residence, residential hostels and similar communal accommodation, then a letter on official letterhead confirming residential status of the customer and signed by the residency manager is acceptable


If you are disabled and live in Southwark you can access free swim and gym facilities at all Southwark leisure centres seven days a week.

If you: You will need to provide:
Receive Disability Living Allowance (Inc. for Children) at either:

  • the higher rate or lower rate for getting around (mobility);
  • orthe higher or middle rate for help with personal care
A copy of you or your child’s award letter showing receipt of Disability Living Allowance in the past 12 months
Receive Personal Independence Payments (PIP) at any rate A copy of your award letter
Receive Attendance Allowance A copy of your award letter
Are registered as deaf or use a hearing aid A copy of the front page of your NHS battery book or a copy of your dispensing prescription from a private hearing aid supplier
Are registered as having a visual impairment A copy of your Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI) or BD8 Certificate for being registered blind or partially-sighted
Blue Badge parking permit holder A copy of your award letter or Blue Badge parking permit
Young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities A copy of your Statement of Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan

Southwark residents are only eligible for this scheme if they can show proof of one of the documents in table below and documents outlined in table above. Therefore we advise you to look through these carefully.