Christchurch Seagulls Swimming Club Covid Appeal

by David McWilliam in Christchurch, England, United Kingdom


raised of £10,000 stretch target


78% 19 days left
This project will only be funded if at least £7,500 is pledged by 20th November 2020 at 9:00am

We are raising funds to keep our club alive through this crisis & to help us to continue to keep our swimmers in the pool safely.

by David McWilliam in Christchurch, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Increase pool time for our swimmers and give them more opportunity to improve their swimming, health and fitness.

1602082445_8c97bbfd-2aad-4908-b74f-793dfa633ba4.jpegAbout Us

Christchurch Seagulls swimming Club is a friendly and competitive club based in Christchurch and was formed over 40 years ago. We also swim at New Milton, Lymington and Ferndown and offer children from 5 years old through to Masters specialised coaching from our team of highly qualified coaches. We also offer Water Polo and Synchronised swimming.

We currently have approximately 150 members and swimmers are allocated to different squads depending on their ability. They are taught the fundamentals of competitive swimming to include skills, technique, speed, sportsmanship and teamwork. 

We had 1 swimmer qualify for the Olympic trials this year - this has been postponed until next year. Another of our swimmers has been selected for Swim Wales National Youth Development Squad. Our swimmers regularly compete at British & English Nationals together with Regional and County Championships.

We are a well known club in the local area & hope to be able to continue to provide swimming opportunities for local children in the future.

Why are we fundraising ?

We were fortunate to be able to return to swimming on 25th July after 4 months out of the waterHowever, we have seen our pool hire costs increase and due to restrictions on numbers allowed in the pool at any one time, our swimmers pool time has actually being reduced. This has put a huge financial strain on the club which is run by volunteers and is not for profit. We cannot sustain these costs for many months and ultimately the club's future is under threat.

We cannot keep asking parents of members to pay more for swimming when their children are getting less swimming hours.

Any income that we may have been able to raise through galas have been made impossible under the current guidance.

We need your help for the club to continue through these unprecedented times.

How will we use the money raised ?

We need the additional funds in order to meet our pool hire and coaching costs. We are looking at every possible option to save costs. We need to retain the services of our coaches and to support members experiencing financial difficulties. We need to support all of the swimmers to keep them involved with the club and their friendships forged over their years of training and competing with other swimmers.

Our Committee has worked tirelessly to get the swimmers back in the pool and had to deal with risk assessments, health assessments, stringent procedures with our leisure centres and in the pool. To adhere to social distancing in the pool, extra pool time was required to accommodate all swimmers. This has resulted in the increased costs to the club which we simply cannot sustain for long.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Halloween Bundle

Contains 5 Avon children's bath/shower products & a big pack of Swizzles spooky sweets, a light up pumpkin decoration & some scary spiders. All presented in a Halloween Spider basket. A great gift for Halloween.

£5 or more

10 of 20 claimed

£5 Reward

Coffee/Tea & Cake voucher at Harry's Coffee House in Southbourne

£5 or more

Christmas Draw Tickets x 5

The Steve Bernard foundation has supported the club & continues to do so. 50% of the proceeds from these ticket sales will go to the club. Great prizes on offer to include:- £250 In-Excess voucher AFC Bournemouth match worn signed shirt Boxes of wine His & Hers hampers Many other prizes as well. You will receive a book of 5 tickets for the draw which will take place on 9th December 2020

£6 or more

3 of 20 claimed

Seagulls Swimming Hat

Club branded swimming hats - to be collected from the club.

£10 or more

£10 Donation

Spare us a tenner to help our fantastic swimming club get through whatever COVID-19 sends our way.

£20 or more

£20 Donation

Pledge £20 today and help our fantastic swimming club get through whatever COVID-19 sends our way.

£20 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Jimmy's Iced Coffee Baseball Cap

Jimmy's Iced Coffee also do Merch. This baseball cap is not available on their website so grab a limited edition cap. Charcoal grey with Jimmy's logo on the front. KYCU

£25 or more

£25 FUTURE ...

Pledge £25 today and we'll reward you with... PLEDGE NOW> CLAIM LATER

£25 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Fish & Chips for a Family of 4

Robinsons Award winning Fish & Chip shop in Bearwood, Poole will give you fish & chips for a family of 4.

£30 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Meal voucher for 2 - The Bridge Inn, Weymouth

The Bridge Inn is a family run pub and restaurant in Preston, Weymouth serving a selection of real ales and home cooked food.

£30 or more

£30 Donation

Pledge £30 today and help our fantastic swimming club get through whatever COVID-19 sends our way.

£35 or more

0 of 2 claimed

MOT at Peter Cooper Ssangyong

Get your car's MOT carried out at Peter Cooper in Bransgore. Vouchers can be collected from the club.

£35 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Blowdry & Conditioning Treatment - Bangs Hair

Bangs Hair at 106 Castle Lane West are offering 2 Blowdry & Conditioning treatments.

£40 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Dance School Voucher

The Elite Academy of Dance is based in Oakdale, Poole and West Morros in Ferndown. They can offer training in Ballet, Tap, Modern/Jazz, Lyrical and Acrobatics for children aged 2 upwards. The voucher will provide approximately a terms free classes.

£50 or more

£50 donation

Pledge £50 today and help our fantastic swimming club get through whatever COVID-19 sends our way.

£100 or more

Corporate Donation - £100

We need businesses to support our club. We will acknowledge your kind support on all of our social media channels.

£100 or more

£100 Donation

Pledge £100 today and help our fantastic swimming club get through whatever COVID-19 sends our way.

£10 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£10 drink's voucher at The Wight Bear Ale House

Southbourne's leading Micropub serving cask and keg beer, wine and spirits.

£10 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Gift Voucher - Cliff House

Gift voucher for this great restaurant & bar in Barton-on-Sea with stunning panoramic views across the Solent.

£18 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Jimmy's Iced Coffee

A box of 12 x 330ml original flavour Jimmy's Iced Coffee. The perfect refreshing combo of Arabica coffee & semi-skimmed milk. KYCU

£20 or more

5 of 5 claimed

1 to 1 swim coaching with Martin Littlefair

You will get a 1 hour 1 to 1 swim coaching session with Seagulls Head coach. Martin is a Level 1 coach & has swum at national level.He overseas the swim coaching for the whole club.

£24 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Dog Boarding Service - Milton K9 Services

Milton K9 Services are are a family run dog home boarding business based in New Milton. Libby has owned and been around dogs all of her life and Neil has been working with dogs since 1985 and is a highly qualified dog instructor. When your dog comes to stay with us they truly become part of our family. 1 nights dog boarding subject to availability & the usual terms & conditions.

£25 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£25 Primera Sports voucher

£25 voucher for Primera Sports in Charminster & Poole. The areas premier cycle shop.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Lunch Voucher for 2 at Ray's Italian Kitchen

A lovely 2 course set lunch for 2 people at Ray's Italian Kitchen in Milford-On-Sea - from the lunchtime set menu. They offer carefully selected dishes that are big on flavour & taste.

£28 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Haircut at mint Barbers - Bournemouth

MINT (Men Inspiring New Trends) has multi award winning barbershops with many years experience in the barbering industry. Their barbers are trained to the highest standard combining both hairdressing and barbering techniques to create the ultimate finish, whilst keeping customer service at the forefront of the brand. You will receive a Wash, Cut, Style & Hot Towel with one of their Senior Stylists.

£80 or more

1 of 1 claimed

2 x Physio or Massage Sessions - Bodycore Physio

Sam Hylton is a Physiotherapist based at 2 Riversmeet Leisure Centre and the Wessex Health Network. You will receive an initial assessment and follow up treatment session. You can choose for these to be physiotherapy or sports massage treatments.

£125 or more

1 of 1 claimed

2 x Tickets to see 80's band A-Ha at the BIC

Seated tickets in the balcony at the BIC. Concert rescheduled from November 2020 and will now take place on Tuesday 11th May 2021. Hits such as The Sun always Shines on TV, Take on Me and Hunting High & Low will ensure you have a great night with one of the 80's top bands. Kindly donated by our Chairman, David McWilliam.

Let's make 'Christchurch Seagulls Swimming Club Covid Appeal' happen

Payment and personal details are protected