Brighton Swimming Club awarded British Gas Club Grant
Brighton Swimming Club is just one of 25 clubs awarded grants in the latest round of the British Gas Club Grant Scheme.
The scheme, which was open to all swim21 accredited clubs and those working towards accreditation, was designed to help support club development up and down the country by offering up to £1,000 in the form of a grant.
The grants could be used by clubs for a range of activities, from increasing membership to providing better opportunities for their existing members. Plus, there was an opportunity to double the funding through Sport England’s Sportsmatch scheme.
Brighton Swimming Club was awarded a grant of £1,000 to deliver a project to enable more young people to swim more often.
The funding enables the club to have an additional two hours of pool time per week, allowing them to take on 50 new members. The sessions are held at the Prince Regent Complex, where the club has exclusive use of all six lanes.
John Ottoway, Chairman of Brighton SC said, “The extra space and time has allowed us to invite new young swimmers to train alongside the main squad for the first time.
“Prior to this a lack of space was preventing us from inviting young talented swimmers to extra coaching sessions which delayed their development or may have even lost them to other sports.”
The club also has developing coaches working alongside their more experienced coaches, with specific responsibility for the young swimmers’ initial development.
The final round of the British Gas Club Grant Scheme for 2011 has now closed. For information about upcoming funding opportunities please visit swimming.org/club grant.