13 Welsh Swimming Schools and Clubs set to benefit from Swimathon Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund Grants
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The Swimathon Foundation is delighted to announce the award of grant funding to 13 swimming clubs, swimming schools and independent aquatic organisations across Wales, through its Covid-19 Relief Fund totalling over £7,000.
The Foundation has been overwhelmed by the number of applications received and has taken the decision to boost its original commitment of £30,000 to £50,000 to cover these grants across the United Kingdom for small swimming and aquatic organisations who have suffered short-term financial hardship due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Long time 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. 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.”
Anthony Kendall OBE, Chair of the Swimathon Foundation echoed these sentiments:
“In these difficult times for all swimming organisations, the Swimathon Foundation has been determined to play its part in supporting those smaller, local groups that are the foundation of swimming participation throughout the UK. We have been taken aback by the number of people who need help during these unprecedented times and that is why we have increased our overall donation to £50,000. Swimming is a vital community activity and we are proud to play our part.”
Fergus Feeney, CEO of Swim Wales said:
“The Swimathon Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund has had an enormous impact on our clubs and swim schools who are facing unprecedented challenges. This financial support has allowed these important aquatic providers to continue to support their members and workforce during this time and will help position them in the best place possible to resume activities moving forward.”
The Swimathon Foundation has awarded 101 grants to small swimming and aquatic organisations at the heart of the swimming community across the United Kingdom. One of the organisations that the Swimathon Foundation have helped include Swimfinity Wales, which is a small swim school in Swansea that support the local community and act as a feeder to swimming clubs in the local area.
The Swimathon Foundation is a remarkable ‘force for good’ in communities all across the UK. Its main pool-based ‘Swimathon’ has raised over £50 million for charities since it was started some 33 years ago. ‘Swimathon’ is the UK’s biggest pool-based recreational swimming event. It takes place annually at some 600 pools across the UK and some 750,000 people have taken part since the first event in 1986. As a result of coronavirus, this year’s event is now scheduled to take place later in the year.
For more information about The Swimathon Foundation, visit www.swimathonfoundation.org