Clubs awarded cash injections courtesy of British Gas

3 June 2010

Swimmers from five clubs around the UK are celebrating after being the first to receive a £1,000 grant courtesy of British Gas.

The cash injection comes after the energy company earmarked £70,000 to help improve services and facilities for clubs up and down the country through the British Gas Club Mark Scheme underlining their commitment to grassroots and elite level swimming.

The successful clubs all have swim21 accreditation, the ASA’s quality mark for clubs, and include Leicester Swimming Club. The club, who have also just reached British Swimming Club Development Level, will use the grant to offer sustainable weekly long-course training sessions to the Age and Youth performance squads.

Head Coach Alex Dawson believes that the improved training sessions will benefit his swimmers. “Our swimmers have performed better and better over recent years it became apparent that they needed more access to long-course training facilities.

“Access to long course training which costs a lot of money and it’s one of the areas of the club that needs developing.

“Normally we can only afford a couple of months worth leading up to the British Gas ASA Nationals but now I’m hoping that this money will allow us to build on that and give us some time to raise the necessary funds to keep up a viable and sustainable long-course programme so that we can continue the success of our swimmers.”

Hoddesdon Swimming Club was also successful and will use their grant to host a Motivation and Education Day for their swimmers with a guest speaker and master classes.

Head Coach Janet Warrington believes that the day will prove successful for everyone that attends.
“Every year we put on a motivational day and as we are celebrating our 115th anniversary this year we wanted to make it extra special,” she said.

“It was a nice surprise to be awarded the grant and this year we will be able to go further by bringing in a guest speaker.

“We’ve just started a disability section within our club so it’ll be nice to include everybody and show that we are moving in the right direction.

“Hopefully it will inspire some of the swimmers that are looking to the Olympics and Paralympics and keep them motivated. “

Other clubs to be awarded the grant include Solihul, who aim to develop water polo in their area; Gloucester City, who are looking to improve land training for their performance squad and Erith & District to develop their synchro programme.

Each club will receive the grant after successfully meeting the criteria for the British Gas Club Grant. Under the scheme money can go towards club development such as the training of Level 2/3 teachers and coaches, access to 50m pool training facilities and funding to pay for expert coaching help.

The British Gas Club Grant is open to all swim21 accredited clubs and those clubs working towards accreditation and is a great way for clubs to increase membership or provide better opportunities for their members.

The next deadline for application is on Monday 7th June 2010.

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