City of Derby Swimming Club - COVID Appeal

by City of Derby SC in Littleover, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 13th May 2021 we successfully raised £21,135 with 193 supporters in 42 days

Our aim is to get all of our swimmers (+those yet to join) back in the pool, training and readying themselves for the competitions to come!

by City of Derby SC in Littleover, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Thank you so much for all the support so far. If we do go onto get £22500 we are going to get ourselves a set of backstroke ledges so that our swimmers can practice for when we are back racing. We will also be getting some new kit for our coaches as we have recently gained some coaching staff and changed our kit and so need to upgrade all coach's kit.

About Us

We are City of Derby Swimming Club and we have been offering high quality professional coaching (for all ages and abilities) for nearly 40 years. Like so many other clubs, COVID-19 has hit us hard and now we are in need of your support.

Our swimmers are incredibly dedicated and as such have continued to train throughout lockdowns from the comfortable, although much dryer, setting of their own houses. Being out of the pool is very tough for us all to cope with mentally, physically and financially. 


COVID Problems

Mentally the pool is a home away from home for us and gives each of our swimmers a support system on which they can rely, however due to the pandemic much of this system has been vastly reduced. It is a hard time for everyone so in a way we are lucky that some of support systems have stayed intact and for this we can only thank our brilliant coaches for keeping us together with morale up!


Physically it is an incredibly hard task to recreate the full body workout experience of being in the pool. This is one of the things that the money raised on this page will go towards, retaining and in some cases attaining pool time for all of our squads from Junior Development (our youngest swimmers) all the way up to Masters (our adult swimmers).

Finally financially, we made the decision to only partially furlough some of our coaches meaning that they could still provide some coaching to our squads but this also meant that we were paying out while not bringing much in. One way that we were bringing in less money was because we reduced our fees during lockdowns 1 and 3. Another lack of money came because we usually host multiple swimming competitions through the year, unfortunately these all had to be cancelled due to either pool closure or the inability to gather that many people together. Thus one of our main routes of income became unavailable to us.

With the oncoming re-entry into the pools closing (and hopefully no more shut downs on their way) we need now more than ever to be in a stable place financially so that we can allow our swimmers quality pool time and quality coaching. Please help us to do this.


What We Do 

We strive to improve our athletes not only as swimmers but as people, to do this we hold team events especially for our youngest members so they can form tight bonds in their squads. By doing this friendships are built and maintained. 1617112939_squad_social_meal_(2).jpeg1617112907_squad_social_glow_(2).jpeg1617112881_squad_run_(2).jpeg

Another way we help our swimmers develop is yearly swim camps for all ages, these are both in the UK and abroad. The younger squads' camps range from 2 days to 5 days in the UK and are focused on skills (social, team and swimming), this is while the older squads spend about a week abroad getting pushed to their limits training hard and having fun. These camps are the sort of thing that we are hoping to get back to when normality resumes but we can only do this if we survive the current troubling period.


When not on squad socials or camps away we are training hard striving towards our swimming goals. Everyone has their "Olympics" whether it be getting to county championships or British championships or even being recognised by the Swim England Talent Pathway. Whatever the target a swimmer sets we as a club aim to help them achieve it.


It is not just our swimmers that we aim to help and as such we have a history of donating to charities. We have done this in a variety of ways for example: biting into whole lemons to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; swimming events for Functional Neurological Disorders Dimensions; selling NHS caps to give to local NHS charities; collecting and filling shoeboxes for Samaritans and more.

The Crowdfunder

During the time that the page is open we will be doing quite a few things to give back to you, the donators! This will be made up of challenges which we'll keep you updated with, a raffle and a few items to sell. Pictured below are some of the raffle prizes as well as an idea what the ducks will look like.


The first challenge that we will be doing is a two week "triathlon" (first four days distance challenge running, the next four days distance work on the bike and finally a week of hard swimming again for distance). This is going to be a massive test for all of our squads especially as the swim week of the "triathlon"  we are planning for the first week back in the pool!



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£3 or more

Phantom Designs Swimming Cap Naming

Name printing on either type of hat. Should be picked alongside the hat you want the name to be on

£5 or more

Raffle Ticket

Prizes available are: 3 Speedo competition mirrored goggles 2 green and 1 purple; 2 Speedo fast skin goggles with anti fog; 2 Speedo USB portable chargers; 1 Speedo bobble hat; 2 HUUB backpacks in red and black with an approximate 32 litre capacity; 1 hour one to one with our head coach Kyle Hudson; 1 professionally made cake; 1 hour with a personal trainer. Raffle to be drawn after the close of the page.

£5 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Walking Football Taster Session

A taster session with Willow Walking Football Derby

£5 or more

0 of 12 claimed

Touch Rugby Taster Session

A taster session with Derby Touch Rugby Club

£5 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Badminton Taster Session

A taster session with Derby Badminton Club for those below 17 years old.

£6 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Weekend Pass + Programme

Weekend pass and programme of events for the next open meet run by ourselves. This permits access to the spectator gallery for all sessions of competition

£7 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Pair of Face Masks

Two Revolution vegan+cruelty free face masks: one pink clay detoxifying mask and one warming gel moisturising mask.

£8 or more

1 of 3 claimed

Revolution Scented Candle

Revolution, Call Me Angel, 200g, fruity & floral, rhubarb & peony scented candle

£9 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Pair of Squash Racquets

Two Browning squash racquets: one red+black+grey with matching head sleeve and one blue+black+grey with matching head sleeve. Set comes with a squash ball. Donated by Derby Sports Forum

£10 or more

2 of 3 claimed

Cake and Cookie Kitchen Treat Box

Confectionary box containing 4 cupcakes, 4 biscuits and additional chocolate treats. Once bought you will be put in contact with The Cake and Cookie Kitchen for further details.

£12 or more

74 of 200 claimed

Speedo Swimming Cap

Standard style swimming cap bearing the logo of both Speedo and City of Derby Swimming Club.

£15 or more

3 of 4 claimed

Revolution Goody Bag

Mixture of eye liners, lip gloss, highlighters, cream cleansers and eye shadows.

£20 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Anoki Gift Card

A gift card worth £20 to be used at Anoki. These are fine dining Indian restaurants with premises at Burton, Derby and Nottingham

£20 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Orchid Pot

A potted orchid donated by Brown Box Flowers.

£23 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Large Medal Display Board

A large medal display board from Medal Display Boards UK complete with engraving from Butler's Engraving Mobile and Services.

£25 or more

Small City of Derby Duck

Small custom made duck painted in City of Derby colours with our logo on the back.

£28 or more

10 of 25 claimed

Speedo Racing Bullet Hat

Speedo fast skin bullet hat bearing the logo of both Speedo and City of Derby.

£30 or more

Large City of Derby Duck

Large version of the custom made duck painted in our colours and with our logo on the back.

£40 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Nestle Goody Hamper

Contains: box of Quality Street, Toffee Crisp bars, 2x 9 pack Kit Kats, 2x Magi chicken flavour bags, bag of After Eights, bag of Milkybar, Blue Riband bars, assorted Nescafé pots

£5 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Canoe Taster Session

A taster session with Derby Canoe Club

£5 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Athletics Taster Session

A taster session with Derby Athletics Club

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Adventure Golf Round

A round of adventure golf for four people at Pirates Landing Adventure Golf Trent Lock. Donated by Kelly Business Support Derby

£12 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Revolution Mini Scented Candles

Revolution, Indulgence Collection, miniature (40g) scented candle trio

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Harper's Flowers Derby Bouquet

A bouquet of flowers from Harper's Flowers Derby.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

60 Day Homes Virtual Fitness

Sixty days worth of virtual fitness videos from Zestfit Virtual Fitness to be done at home

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Maxwell Hair Voucher

A £30 voucher for Maxwell Hair, a hair salon on Queen Street

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Golf Round Voucher

A voucher for a four person round of golf at Uttoxeter Golf Club, valid for six months from 1st May

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