Added on: 6th December, 2017 by Natalie_26298
A Clevedon swimming club has been awarded £750 to help train young members for competitive swimming.
Clevedon ASC, home to over 130 members, was handed the cash by Persimmon Homes Severn Valley.
The team, which has a great reputation locally for competitive swimming, was donated the money as part of the Persimmon Homes’ Healthy Communities scheme. The initiative provides money to youth sports clubs and individuals across the region.
A recent development in competitive swimming has been the introduction of a new piece of equipment, known as a ‘backstroke start wedge’, which is used to help enhance the start of swimmers in backstroke races.
Jan Farmery, SwimMark Coordinator, said: “We sought funding for the backstroke wedges to allow our swimmers to practice professional back stroke starts preparing them for high level competition against far larger clubs”.
“At £300 each, Persimmon Homes Severn Valley’s generous donations allows the purchase of two of these items which we can incorporate into all our training schedules to build the skills and confidence of our swimmers."
“It is so rewarding seeing swimmers develop and progress in competitive swimming. We would not have such success in our club without our many volunteers who coach, plan and manage the club, providing the best environment for young swimmers.”
The club, who are sponsored by Hotspring South West and Wales, welcome new member enquiries through their website at www.Clevedonasc.co.uk
A host of regional prizes of £750 are up for grabs each month for the rest of 2017 with the Healthy Communities imitative, with amateur sports teams and individuals aged 21 years and under across the region eligible to apply. The money is to be spent on sports kit, equipment, coaching or facilities.
A shortlist of 30 will then be created for a national final to be decided on a public vote, with the winning club or individual receiving £200,000 to create a long-lasting legacy and two runners-up receiving £50,000 each.
Carly Spear, head of sales at Persimmon Homes Severn Valley, said: “We’re delighted to fund this new equipment, who knows there may even be some future Olympic swimmers amongst the members. We wish the club all the best with their competitions.
“Everyone who enters the Healthy Communities’ initiative from May to December, regardless of whether they win a monthly prize, will be considered as a national finalist.
“We are looking for sports teams and individuals who have amazing ideas on how to spend £200,000 to come forward. We will consider anything from new clubhouses, to training centres, facilities or gyms or it may be people want to spend the cash on the development of future Olympians. We’re very excited to see the projects that are put forward.”
To find out more to enter the competition visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity.