Swimathon grants financial help worth £30,000 to aquatics organisations9 June 2020
Dozens of aquatics organisations from across England have received grants totalling almost £30,000 from the Swimathon Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund.
The Foundation has helped ‘give a lifeline’ to clubs, swim schools and organisations in England which have suffered financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 100 grants were distributed across the United Kingdom after the Swimathon Foundation increased its financial commitment from £30,000 to £50,000 after being overwhelmed by applications.
A total of £29,765 was shared between 61 Swim England-affiliated organisations.
Swimathon supporter and former Commonwealth and World Champion Mark Foster said: “It is fantastic to see the Swimathon Foundation support the swimming community at this difficult time.
“These grants will be a lifeline to many people and will play a crucial role in helping to support local clubs and individuals who do so much to keep swimming communities active.
Help to ensure their future
“Swimathon has been a force for good in swimming communities all across the UK for over 30 years and it is fantastic to see the Swimathon Foundation support people in their time of need.”
Jane Nickerson, Swim England Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to hear that so many organisations have been supported by the Swimathon Covid-19 Relief Fund programme.
“Many have been battling to stay afloat during this challenging time and we hope that the money the 61 organisations in England have received will go some way to ensuring their future.
“With so many club swimmers raising money for Swimathon charities over the years, it was pleasing to see Swimathon looking to help those in their hour of need and we thank them for their generosity.”
Swimathon has raised more than £50 million for good causes since it was formed in 1997 – and more than 750,000 people have taken part.
This year’s event was due to take place at more than 600 pools between 27-29 March but was postponed until 16-18 October due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Swim England-affiliated organisations to receive a grant from the Swimathon Covid-19 Relief Fund are:
- Haden Hill Swimming Club
- Cirencester Swimming Club
- Durham City Amateur Swimming and Water Polo Club (trading as Durham City Aquatics)
- Truro Swim Club
- Rykneld Swimming Club
- Killerwhales Swimming Club Havering
- Gwersi nofio Tonnau Swimming
- Buntingford Swimming Club
- Alsager Swimming Club
- Sue’s Little Fish Swim School
- Northallerton Amateur Swimming Club
- Seafield Swimmers
- Romford Town Swimming Club
- Grimsby Aquatics Swim School
- Wyre Forest Swimming Club
- Shrewsbury Amateur Swimming Club
- Bigwaves Swim School
- Wisbech Swim Club
- Modernian Swimming Club
- City of Sheffield Diving Club
- Tewkesbury Swimming Club
- Woodham Ferrers Swimming Club
- East Grinstead Swimming Club
- St Helens Swimming Club
- Swim Acceleration School
- Sittingbourne & Milton Swimming Club
- Bridgwater Amateur Swimming Club
- Burnley Bobcats ADM Swimming Club
- Aquabella Swim School
- Nova Centurion Swimming Club
- Splash! Swim School
- Mother Goose Swim School
- Ledbury and Malvern Swimming Club
- Perry Beeches SSS Swimming Club
- Bebington Swimming Club
- Think Swim
- Milestone Swimming Club
- Great Harwood Otter Amateur Swimming Club
- Faversham Swim Club
- Swimfun North East
- Chorley Marlins ASC
- Bassett JSF Swimming Club
- Great Yarmouth Swimming Club
- Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club
- H20 Swim Fitness Ltd
- Little Dolphins Swimming School
- Dolphin Swim School
- Love to Swim
- Drenched Mini Water Polo
- Duck N Dive Limited
- Fareham Nomads Swimming Club
- Middlesbrough ASC
- Ryde Swimming Club
- Leicester Neptune Swimming Club
- Raindrop Swimming
- Zoe’s swimming lessons/Henfield Swim School
- Bournemouth Swim School
- Aquadots Swim School