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Act now to apply for Swimathon Foundation grants

7 May 2013

Swimming pools, community organisations and charities who help people to take part in swimming are reminded that time is running out to apply for grants from the Swimathon Foundation, with the deadline now just ten days away.

The grant scheme, funded by The Swimathon Foundation and administered by the Swimming Trust and British Swimming, is offering grants of between £300 and £2,500 to organisations that aid participation and help people to enjoy swimming.

Examples of eligible groups include a swimming class for people with learning disabilities, a healthy living group wanting to try aquaerobics for the first time and opportunities for older people to get back in the pool.

Anthony Kendall, chair of The Swimathon Foundation, said: 'Swimming is a great sport that should be accessible to everyone regardless of age or ability. We hope the grants scheme will encourage hundreds of local community groups and clubs to think of new ways to promote swimming as a fun and healthy activity and persuade many more people to take up and enjoy swimming in the future.'

Swimming teacher Neil Sullivan, from Botwell Green, said: 'We were very proud to receive a Swimathon Foundation grant last year. Applying for a grant was really easy through the website and online application form and I recommend any group or organisation that promotes community participation in swimming to apply.'

For more information, visit the website: www.swimathon.org/foundation. 

The first round of applications closes at 12 noon on May 17 and will be decided at a meeting of the awards committee on June 11.

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