Brighton Swimming Club – starting block campaign

We are the Brighton Swimming Club, the oldest swimming club in the UK founded in 1860 – you might recognize one of our early photos!

We are proud of our history and our heritage, but we are an integral part of the community today.

Our 600 members range in age from 5 to 95… some are learning to swim, some want to stay mentally and physically fit, others compete – up to international level… juniors, team swimmers, polo players , masters, synchronizers and year-round swimmers. Run almost entirely by non-profit volunteers, we are one of Sussex’s largest and most successful competitive clubs.

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But that’s only part of our story…

BSC plays a vital role in providing opportunities and developing life skills for our swimmers within the Club – many employers have commented on the discipline and work ethic of our young people – developed through commitment and resilience from regular training. But we also support the wider swimming community in Brighton and Hove. We provide many lifeguards working in our local pools, many of the town’s swimming instructors have been trained by the club – and we work with various groups across town to support water sports throughout the community – providing coaches , by organizing events, by offering advice and support.

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Swimming and water sports have never been so popular, but the sad reality is that our facilities in Brighton and Hove are becoming more and more numerous and Brighton Swimming Club is currently using outdated and subject to change starting blocks. slip into our home pool – the Prince Regent Swimming Complex in central Brighton. .

1662909181_1l8a4303_v2.jpgMany swimmers in Brighton and beyond have suffered injuries using the existing starting blocks. But replacing them is expensive and requires a significant cash investment. We need 6 Olympic starting blocks for our 6 lane pool.

It is a long-term objective of Brighton Swimming Club to buy new blocks. However, due to the covid pandemic, there have been very few opportunities for the Club to raise funds and our cash reserves have been severely dented as we have dealt with the pandemic and more recently the rise in costs. Our swimmers have continued to train hard at home during the multiple lockdowns, but now is the time to really optimize training opportunities and get back on track. Modern competitive training blocks will help us achieve this goal.

1663264231_island.jpegBrighton and Hove City Council and facilities operator Freedom Leisure have generously pledged to purchase 4 new blocks. However this means that as a club we have to raise £7000 to buy the remaining 2 pads, protective covers and accessories.

In addition to being dangerous, our existing blocks do not allow swimmers to get the best start in their races: to do well, they must train with “Olympic style” starting blocks. This is vital for their training and safety. New blocks will also benefit other clubs and the wider community during learn-to-swim lessons – helping young children learn vital swimming skills.

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The money we raise will go directly to paying for new tee blocks at the Town’s main pool. We also hope that we will have enough to buy protective covers to help Center staff avoid dangerous and unsupervised use during public sessions, and contribute to the overall improvement of an important public facility – for the benefit of all in Brighton and Hove.

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There are four easy ways to help us reach our goal and make this project a reality.

1. Make a promise. Don’t delay if you are going to support us because momentum is the key to our success!

2. Spread the word. Share our project on your social media pages and tell the world to support us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get.

3. Offer rewards. Get involved if you are a local business by donating things that we can give to our supporters. We’ll give you a shout!

4. Create your own fundraiser. Use the button on our page to get started. Creating your own page only takes a few minutes and you won’t need any bank details. Just a fun idea!