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Swimathon Foundation grants further £30,000 to aquatics organisations

The Swimathon Foundation has granted a further £30,000 to aquatics clubs and swim schools across the country after a second round of funding was announced by the charity.

After first being launched in May 2020 in response to the ongoing pandemic and its impact on the wider swimming community, Swimathon’s Covid-19 Relief Fund was extended after the charity realised ‘additional support was required’.

A total of £18,875 was shared between 93 Swim England-affiliated clubs and swim school, building on the initial £29,765 that was allocated to 61 affiliated organisations in 2020.

To date, more than 150 of Swim England’s affiliated organisations have received funding totalling £48,640.

‘Play its part’

Anthony Kendall OBE, Chair of Swimathon Foundation, said: “The last year has had a huge impact on society as a whole.

“Organisations in the sporting sector have really struggled and the Foundation has been determined to play its part in supporting those smaller, local groups that are the foundation of swimming participation across the UK.

“We have been absolutely taken aback by the number of people who need help during these times and I am proud that we are able to offer some financial support to our wonderful swimming community.

“With the reopening of pools on the horizon, we hope the whole swimming community can get back to normality in the coming weeks and months and we will continue to help in whatever way we can.”

The Swimathon Foundation is the charity behind ‘Swimathon’ – the world’s largest annual pool based fundraising swim. It also runs the Open Water Swimathon, School Swimathon, and Marathon Swims campaigns.

Since it was established in 1997, the charity has raised more than £50 million for various causes across the UK.

The 2020 Swimathon, which was due to take place between 27-29 March, was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, a total of £1 million was raised after the charity facilitated a virtual version of the event that participants could take part in.

Grant recipients

The Swim England-affiliated organisations to receive a grant from the Swimathon Covid-19 Relief Fund 2.0 are:

  • Amy’s Aqua Stars
  • Aqua Swimming Club
  • Aquabella Swim School
  • Bethnal Green Swimming Club
  • Bexley Swimming Club
  • Bristol North Swimming Club
  • Bromsgrove Swimming Club
  • Broxbourne Swimming Club
  • Bude Sharks
  • Buntingford Swimming Club
  • Burnley Bobcats ADM Swimming Club
  • Calne Alpha Four ASC
  • Camelford Stringers
  • Castle Bromwich Otters
  • Central Beds Swim Squad
  • City of Birmingham Swimming Club
  • City of Hereford Swimming Club
  • City of Leicester Swimming Club
  • City of Sheffield Diving Club
  • Cleethorpes and District Swimming Club
  • Coalville Swimming Club
  • Corby Amateur Swimming Club
  • Crawley Swimming and Water Polo Club
  • Darlington Amateur Swimming Association
  • Daventry Dolphins Swimming Club
  • Devonport Royal Swimming Association and Humane Society
  • Dolphin Swim School
  • Dove Valley ASC
  • Duck N Dive Limited
  • Elites Swimming
  • Easton Amateur Swimming Club
  • Flippers Swim School
  • Flippers Swimming School
  • Glossop ASC
  • Grimsby Aquatics Swim School
  • Haden Hill Swimming Club
  • Hailsham Swimming Club
  • HALF Fish HQ CIC
  • Hannah’s Swim School
  • Harpenden Swimming Club
  • Harrow Scout & Guide SC
  • Hebburn Metro Swimming Club
  • Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club
  • Herne Bay Lifeguard & Swimming Club
  • iSwim Suffolk Ltd
  • Julie’s Swim School Norwich
  • Katy Sexton Sport and Fitness Ltd
  • Kippax Amateur Swimming Club
  • Leicester Neptune Swimming Club
  • Let’s Dive In!
  • Long Eaton Swimming Club
  • Love to Swim
  • Middlesborough Amateur Swimming Club
  • Minehead and West Somerset Swimming Club
  • Odiham Swim Club/School
  • Penzance Swimming Association and Water Polo Club
  • Petwork & District Swimming Club
  • Purley Dolphins Swim School
  • Radford SC
  • Retford Swimming Club
  • Richmond Dales Amateur Swimming Club
  • Rotherham Metro Waterpolo Club
  • Rugby Swimming Club-speed section
  • Ryde Swimming Club
  • Saltburn & Marske ASC
  • Sarsh’s Swimming
  • Seachelles Swim School
  • Seafield Swimmers
  • Skegness Swim Team
  • Skipton Swimming Club
  • Southport Aquatic Academy
  • Splish n Splash Swim School
  • Stafford Apex Swimming Club
  • Stanway Swim Club
  • Streamline
  • Strokes Ahead Ltd
  • Sunderland City Dive Team
  • Surrey Dolphins Swim Academy
  • Sutton Swimming Club
  • Swim Excellence
  • Swimsound
  • Trident Swimming Club
  • Tyldesley Swimming & Water Polo Club
  • Watford Swim School
  • West Dorset Swimming Club
  • Weston-supre-Mare Swimming Club
  • Whitings Swimming Academy
  • Wildern Waves Swimming Club
  • Wincanton Swimming Club
  • Witney and District Synchronised Swimming Club
  • Wolverhampton Swimming Club
  • Woodham Ferrers Swim Club
  • Wyre Forest Swimming Club