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Paignton Swimming Club awarded British Gas Club Grant

1 December 2011

Paignton 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 existing members. Plus, there was an opportunity to double the funding through Sport England’s Sportsmatch scheme.

Paignton Swimming Club was awarded a grant of £1,000 to help pay for Water Polo coaching courses, for existing and volunteer coaching staff.

The Junior Water Polo section of the club has been growing steadily for a number of years, but recently they reached the limit of what the coaching staff could cope with.

Two members of the Senior Men’s team have joined coaching staff on the poolside for the junior training sessions. Whilst they bring a wealth of playing experience they have no coaching or teaching qualifications.

The money will allow the club to provide coaching courses for the volunteers and existing coaching staff.

Doug Litt, Head Coach of the Junior and Ladies Water Polo sections at Paignton Swimming Club said, “This funding will allow us to harness the enthusiasm and drive of these volunteers and really push forward with developing a more structured coaching environment, to provide our young players with sessions that are better tailored to meet their needs.

“This money will provide the kick start that is required to really move Water Polo forward at Paignton Swimming Club, allowing our players to grow and progress along a more clearly defined development pathway.”

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.

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