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UEA Norwich awarded British Gas Club Grant

1 December 2011

UEA Norwich 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.

UEA Norwich was awarded a grant of £1,000 to establish a swimmer pathway for disabled swimmers within the East region.

The overall aim of the project was to establish a seamless pathway for disabled athletes who would like to take part in competitive swimming but do not have the necessary skills to attend a CAAD (County Assessment Day).

Following the CAAD swimmers would usually either be signposted back to their original session or, if they show potential, introduced to their nearest club or scheme – in this instance UEA Norwich.

The original bridging sessions are funded through ‘Playground to Podium,’ however the British Gas Club Grant provides the crucial funding required for UEA Norwich to accommodate potential new athletes.

Funding will be used to cover the costs of additional pool time, teachers, teacher training and equipment, ensuring that athletes identified through the bridging sessions have a competitive training environment to progress to.

Phil Lown, Aquatic Officer for the ASA East Region said, “The funding provided through the British Gas Club Grant will ensure that the final step of the athlete disability pathway in Norwich links into the swimming club, ensuring that young disabled athletes are given every chance of achieving their potential in competitive swimming.

“It will be a great boost to both the club and the growth of disability swimming in Norwich, whilst hopefully increasing the opportunities available to disabled athletes in the area.”

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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