The swimming club launched the campaign with the aim of raising £10,000 to support its ambitious plans for growth and continued community support.
The organization has been hit hard by the impact of Covid-19 over the past two years, with several members choosing to give up swimming. Another blow followed in the summer of 2021 when South Kesteven District Council announced the closure of the club’s swimming pool at Deepings Leisure Center due to a persistent roof leak.
From a strong pre-Covid membership base of over 120, as one of Lincolnshire’s top clubs, numbers have fallen to a low point of under 80 members at the end of 2021. However, a few trials of swimming, aided by advertising in local media, including the Peterborough Telegraph, has helped attract a new cohort of young people eager to take their first steps into the world of competitive swimming.
With a new home at Stamford Endowed Schools, the swimming club now has the opportunity to build momentum by raising funds through Crowdfunder to help increase membership, its training program and train more volunteer coaches and trainers. helpers by the pool.
The Crowdfunder initiative is backed by Sport England who could offer further financial support if Deepings reaches its £10,000 target within four weeks.
The money will also allow the club to pay for the provision of lifeguards for the next 12 months, as well as general running costs, including pool hire.
Andy Cardell, president of the Deepings Swimming Club, said; “We have enjoyed great success over our 46 year history, working closely with the local community across The Deepings, Stamford, Bourne and even in Peterborough to inspire
swimmers of all ages to reach their full potential.
“We provide a safe and caring environment where each member is valued and encouraged to work as a team to achieve their goals. Our priority now is to protect the club for many years to come.
Among the most decorated former club swimmers is two-time Paralympic gold medalist Rob Welbourn, while in recent years Alex Wray and Isabel Spinley have represented Great Britain at the European Junior Swimming Championships.