Boldmere Swimming and Water Polo Club Appeal

by Boldmere Swimming & Water Polo in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

Boldmere Swimming and Water Polo Club Appeal

£14,711

raised of £15,000 target

163

supporters
98% 3 days left
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 10th August 2020 at 10:40am

We are aiming to raise £ 15,000 to keep our club alive through this crisis and to get our swimmers and players back in the pool safely.

by Boldmere Swimming & Water Polo in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

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Who are we?

Boldmere Swimming and Water Polo Club is a friendly, local and inclusive swimming club. Established in 1895 to promote lifelong enjoyment we provide learn to swim, water polo and competitive swimming.

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Why are we raising funds?

Due to the Covid-19 crisis and resulting lockdown, we've been unable to swim since the middle of March. These have been uncertain and unsettling times for many members, who have missed their swimming and are eager to return. 

1594307678_1594307675814.pngWe made the decision to stop collecting training fees for the foreseeable future and reduced membership fees to a minimum. Not all local swimming clubs made this choice. Given that we could not offer full training and that we held some reserves, we still feel it was the right decision. We also want to support our families going through tough times. That said, our reserves were not designed for a crisis of this duration. In the short term, membership may decrease and so we have been looking at next steps.

Based on current projections for a phased return to swimming, we are forecasting a loss of approximately £20,000. The first weekend of July would have been the annual Boldmere Water Carnival which is a significant source of income, relied upon each year to support the growth and development of the club. We have also been unable to take new members which we know will be disappointing to anyone in the local community wanting to start swimming with the club. Many swimmers that have learnt to swim locally look to progress to the next level with us. This has reduced our ability to generate income. Finally, we will need additional funds to manage a safe return to swimming.

In short, we need some reserves to see us through this crisis.

What will these funds be used for?

The money raised will be used to implement social distancing and safety rules as required by Swim England. This will involve having less swimmers in most sessions and will incur additional pool hire costs, this will put a big pressure on our finances and we hope to use fundraising to pay for this. We want to be able to provide additional land training equipment for water polo so players can maintain safe distancing whilst training. We would invest in our future by recruiting more swimming coaches and provide safeguarding and first aid training for volunteers. Any additional funds raised would help to build a club hardship fund to support members going through financial difficulties because of Covid-19.  As a club we want to enable members to retain their membership and assist with fees especially for our younger swimmers.

1594307678_1594307675875.jpegTo keep the fabric of the club alive we have been keeping in touch and encouraging our swimmers to stay active. We have been using zoom for land training and running club challenges, including Pull Buoy Tik Tok, The Tokyo Running and Cycling Challenge and VE Day Biscuit Competition.  We have provided opportunities for virtual chats with teammates and coaches to promote physical and mental health during lockdown.

Getting the most from your donations

We have set a target of £ 15,000 to be raised over the next month. 

The good news is that we are hoping to get 1594308967_1594308966149.pngthe support of Sport England. They have teamed up with Crowdfunder and launched a fund to help clubs - they will hopefully contribute up to 50% of our target. The more we raise, the more support and training we can offer. We are a valued part of our community and hope that you will contribute to our project. Many thanks for your support.

Boldmere Duck Race        

In September, we will be holding a duck race at Plantsbrook Stream, New Hall Valley Park, Sutton Coldfield. Everyone who donates £ 6 or more will be entered into the Boldmere Duck race to be held at 3 pm on Saturday 12th September. (tbc)

£  6 donation =  3 ducks

£ 10 donation =  5 ducks

£ 20 donation = 10 ducks

£ 50 donation = 25 ducks

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Prizes Include:

  • One year membership including one swim session per week
  • Membership to the 250 club
  • £50 John Lewis/ Waitrose Voucher
  • Boldmere Club Shirt
  • Limited Edition Boldmere Swimming Hat
  • Treat Filled Baskets

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Terms and Conditions:

  • All club swimmers are eligible for prizes. Including committee members
  • No cash prize equivalent
  • Prize cannot be used to claim reimbursement against past training fees
  • All other club fees must continue to be paid for the period involved e.g.           Annual membership
  • You do not have to attend on the day to win a prize

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

6 of 50 claimed

Prize Draw Entry to win GB Olympics Swim Hat

Click here to enter our prize draw, where you could win a Red GB 2012 London Olympics swim hat. There are a maximum of 50 entries into this prize draw and your ticket will also include entry into the Duck Race.

£6 or more

Treat Filled Baskets

Your donation will enter you into the Boldmere Duck Race, where you could win a basket of treats and a bottle of bubbly. Increase your donation to £10 to enter 5 ducks into the race.

£10 or more

Enter the Duck Race Competition

Enter the Duck Race for a chance to win. Duck costs £2, more ducks increases your chance of winning. Each duck has their own lucky number and will race 100m down Plantsbrook. The fastest ducks win prizes. The top prize for the winner is •One year membership including one swim session per week. Other prizes include •Membership to the 250 club •£50 John Lewis Voucher •Boldmere Club Shirt •Limited Edition Boldmere Swim Hat •Treat Filled Baskets

£10 or more

5 of 12 claimed

Float, Swim Discs and Woggle

For those in Minnows, Snappers and Sharks. Donate £10.00 and you will receive a float, swim discs (if required) and woggle. These are nearly new and were kindly donated by Amanda Schofield.

£30 or more

0 of 1 claimed

British Swimming White T Shirt Size Small

This fantastic bespoke reward is separate from the Duck Race Prizes. Donated by Kathryn Fowler, Boldmere and GB water polo player and commonwealth gold medalist (England). A brand new British Swimming white t-shirt, size small made by Speedo and sponsored by British Gas. Available to the first person to donate £30 and claim this reward.

£40 or more

1 of 2 claimed

British Swimming Towel

This British Swimming Towel is brand new and was issued to the GB Water Polo Olympic Team. White background with the broken Union Jack design, only one available. Pledge £40 or more to receive this item.

£75 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Round of golf for 4 people

A weekday fourball (or for two or three) round of golf at the much improved Wishaw 18 hole golf course. The voucher is available for use through to 31st July 2021 and for those who don't know the course the 10th and 11th are exceptionally picturesque and challenging holes. Many thanks to Wishaw golf club for this generous donation.

£100 or more

1 of 3 claimed

New British Swimming GB female swim suit size 30"

This fantastic bespoke reward is separate from the Duck Race Prizes. Donated by Kathryn Fowler, Boldmere and GB water polo player and commonwealth gold medalist (England). A new British swimming GB female swim suit with Union Jack and British Swimming on the bottom in 30" size. Available to the first person to donate £100 or more and claim this reward.

£200 or more

Corporate Sponsorship

All corporate donations of £200 or over using this reward, will have their support featured on our website and mentioned in our social media feeds. In addition, all purchasers of this award will go into a prize draw to have their business logo placed on Squad Swim hats for the season 2020-2021.

£20 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Limited Edition Boldmere Swimming Hat

Pledge £20 or more and you will be the owner of a Limited edition Boldmere Swimming Hat. Red 'B', with gold edging on a black background, there are 5 available for purchase.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

British Swimming Speedo white polo shirt

This fantastic bespoke reward is separate from the Duck Race Prizes. Donated by Kathryn Fowler, Boldmere and GB water polo player and commonwealth gold medalist (England). A brand new British Swimming white polo shirt, Size 40" (Large) made by Speedo. Available to the first person to donate £50 or more and claim this reward.

£80 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Family Days Out Choice Voucher

Ideal for birthday’s or just a weekend treat, there are a great range of activities and days out for 2 adults and 2 children. Voucher is valid until May 2021 and includes a selection of experiences to choose from. For the more adventurous there is paintballing, high ropes, escape rooms, ghost tours, motor sport simulations and wall climbing. For younger children there are mazes, crazy golf, pottery, animal park entry or walking with Alpacas.

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

British Swimming Speedo Rucksack Style Kit Bag

This fantastic bespoke reward is separate from the Duck Race Prizes. Donated by Kathryn Fowler, Boldmere and GB water polo player and commonwealth gold medalist (England). A brand new British Swimming Kit Bag. Available to the first person to donate £100 or more and claim this reward.

£120 or more

1 of 1 claimed

50 Lap Indoor Karting Race for Two (16 years min)

Includes an indoor karting F1 style racing event for two people – first driver to 50 laps wins! You and your fellow speedster can go full throttle with this electrifying go kart racing experience. Available either Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Minimum age is 16 years, voucher is valid until May 2021. Available at multiple locations including Nuneaton and Coventry.

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Signed Ellie Simmonds GB Racing Costume Rio 2016

This fantastic bespoke reward is separate from the Duck Race Prizes. A brand new Adidas Olympic Racing Costume signed by Ellie Simmonds. Issued to the Paralympic Team for Rio 2016. UK female size 24. Available to the first person to donate £150 or more and claim this reward.

Let's make 'Boldmere Swimming and Water Polo Club Appeal' happen

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