Grants to splash out vital funds for Hampshire swimming clubs

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Swimathon President Duncan Goodhew takes a class.

SWIMMING coaches and clubs in Hampshire are set to benefit from grant funding being offered from the Swimathon Foundation, which has launched a scheme to help those who are experiencing short-term financial hardship due to the impact of coronavirus.

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Grants between £250 and £1,000 will be given to small swimming and aquatic organisations who have been impacted by the effects of COVID-19. The grants range from the national governing body – affiliated swim clubs, aquatics clubs and swim schools to independent swimming organisations.

Swimathon President and Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew MBE said: “I’m thrilled that we’re able to support members of Hampshire’s swimming community at this difficult time. Almost all swimming clubs are run by a few individuals who put in an immense amount of voluntary time to keep clubs afloat.

“Now that hard times have hit, they may be really struggling with all of the costs associated. These are the unsung heroes of the sport and it’s so important that we do all we can to help them get through this tough time.”

To be eligible to apply for a grant, applicants should either be a registered or affiliated club or swim school with a national governing body or a local swimming organisation that may not be a traditional swim club but is working on local level to provide swimming or aquatic activity in their communities.

For more information about the Swimathon Foundation and to apply for the COVID-19 Relief Fund grant, visit www.swimathonfoundation.org

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