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Wyre Forest Swimming Club awarded British Gas Club Grant

1 December 2011

Wyre Forest 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.

Wyre Forest Swimming Club was awarded a grant of £1,000 to go towards staff development, including level one and level two teaching courses.

The swimming club has run a learn to swim session for an hour each Saturday morning for many years. In September 2010 they began the process of expanding their programme by offering additional lessons on weekdays at the newly refurbished King Charles I School in Kidderminster.

Unfortunately, their expansion plans suffered an early setback when the head teacher of the programme fell seriously ill at the same time of the launch. This resulted in a reorganisation of the teaching staff and the planned recruitment drive was delayed.

Peter Barnett, Chair of Wyre Forest Swimming Club said, “The programme is staffed entirely by volunteers and there are currently 18 teachers working across the programme. WFSC encourage older swimmers and parents to become qualified teachers and aim to recruit between three and five new teachers each year.

“Funding received through the British Gas Club Grants Scheme will help the club to meet the costs of level one courses for new teachers and level two courses for the current team.”

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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