Help Black Lion Swimming Club

Help Black Lion Swimming Club

We did it
On 3rd May 2021 we successfully raised £10,460 ( + est. £1177.75 Gift Aid ) with 182 supporters in 62 days

Help us to raise funds, to ensure that Black Lion Swimming Club can survive the COVID-19 outbreak and meet increased pool costs.

New stretch target

The money raised will help tremendously but it will not be enough to hit everything on our list. The pool time alone is a huge expense. This extra money will go towards our pool hire, hardship support for some of our members and sponsoring swimmers as 2021 is proving to be an equally difficult year for us.


Kent Messenger New Article

If you have not already read the KM news article with historical pictures.

Kent Messenger Black Lion

Rainham News Interview

Rainham News Interviewing the Oldest Club in Medway Towns

A Message From Chloe

Our Former Black Lion Club Captain

About Our Club

The Club was first established circa 1887, as Gillingham Invicta Swimming Club, and originally trained at the Strand Open Air Lido.

In 1891, the club held its championships at the pier in Gillingham, and have since held a multitude of galas every year. These galas are a lifeline for the club as they help support it throughout the year to meet its financial responsibilities. We are the only Medway based non-profit swimming club.

Over 40 years ago, the Club moved its principal training ground to the Black Lion Sports Centre (now named Medway Park). The club subsequently embraced the name, becoming Black Lion Swimming Club, and adopted the black lion symbol as the then trademark logo. It has continued on supporting the community and has now been around 134 years.

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Our Aspirations & Philosophy

We have many members, with swimmers accessing our swimming programs from our Swimming Academy, to our Competitive Squads, as well as our Masters programs. We have swimmers competing at all levels from local galas up to National Championships.

Our philosophy is to nurture our aspiring swimmers to develop and progress to their full potential becoming the best swimmers they can be. Inspiring and supporting them to believe in themselves and achieve their goals and dreams, as well as supporting a lifelong pathway into sport.

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A place for Everyone

The club is a place for everyone. We offer support to any members that may be struggling to ensure our young swimmers can stay in the sport that they love and continue participating. At Black Lion everyone becomes part of a family and forms lifelong meaningful friendships. Many young members go on to further their skills by volunteering in our programmes and we actively promote that starting a career in lifesaving, teaching or coaching is fundamental skill that will stay with you for life

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Jess's Story

Meet Jess Goodwin. Jess joined  Black Lion SC in 2016 as she had always loved swimming and wanted more than just being able to swim. Jess joined a local swimming club but they were not able to provide the extra help she needed to achieve her swimming goals. What sets Jess apart from our other swimmers is that Jess is deaf, and therefore needs additional help when competing at galas, especially when on the blocks,  ready to race.

We were quick to realise that Jess needed extra help, her coaches Paul and Neil made sure that she could lip read their instructions during training and also wrote  the sets down for her. We recognise that they needed to provide a strobe light to give Jess an equal standing with her fellow competitors as once on the blocks  and with her hat and goggles on, focused, she just couldn't hear the starter signifying the start of the race. 

We carried out various fundraising activities to be able to buy a strobe light that not only Jess would benefit from but others too.

Black Lion were ahead of the game with this as Swim England announced back in 2018 that all licensed meets  using Automated Officiating Equipment from September 2020  would be required to provide a secondary strobe light.

Well Jess has come a long way since she first joined our club and has gone on to achieve great things competing in galas for the club  and swimming for the GB Deaf Team and being chosen as Category A,  Deaf Swimmer of the Year in 2019. 

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Jess holds lots of Category A records for her age group, she  also received an award from Kent Deaf Children's Society Award for her sporting achievement.

Your donations will go towards

  • Helping children of all ages to learn to swim.
  • Help children to develop skills in competitions.
  • Supporting swimmers with disabilities.
  • Hardship support for some of our members.
  • Allowing our members of all ages to continue to train so they can compete at Local, County, Regional, National and International Levels.
  • The club survival and allow it to continue to be an important part of the Medway & surrounding area communities as it has done for the last 134 years.
  • Contribute towards the increased costs of pool hire

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The Past Year

For the last year we have been unable to run our open meets/galas. Black Lion Swimming Club usually hosts four of these meets a year, and these are all very popular with our swimmers and surrounding clubs be them local or further afield. 

Income, Health & Wellbeing

These galas generate a majority of our income for the year, which keeps the club financially afloat, without this income our swimmers could risk losing the club and the ability to take part in the sport they love. These long periods of lockdown have shown us all just how important sport and community are not only to mental health but also to the physical wellbeing for both young people and adults. We are asking that you help us to keep this important resource and community together and alive, so that our members (past, present, and future) can continue to benefit from it for years to come.

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Join Black Lion

You can join Black Lion Swimming Club as a new member and further details can be found at blscswim.club/Contact Us to register your interest.

Raffle Results & Thankyou's

Easter Chocolate Hamper Raffle Results

The Great Toilet Roll Raffle Result

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Cut & Blow dry worth £50

Code Red Hairdressers Cut & Blow dry worth £50 valid for 6 months not including Saturday's. https://coderedhairuk.co.uk/

£5 or more

1 of 2 claimed

1 Day Pass Complimentary @ Nuffield Health - £10

1 Day Pass Complimentary @ Nuffield Health Medway worth £10 Location Medway Valley Strood Fully air conditioned gym Over 88 pieces of cardio equipment Luxurious 25m pool Jacuzzi On-site Cafe Free Parking

£15 or more

0 of 1 claimed

PT Sessions 2 x 30min zoom/online - worth £30

2 x 30 min zoom/online based personal training sessions, Iron Fitness is a new personal training health and wellbeing service in Halling for Medway and surrounding areas run by a passionate coach. Sessions come with a free initial consultation via phone/zoom/face to face. https://m.facebook.com/ironfitnessuk/

£30 or more

0 of 1 claimed

6 week children art lessons - worth £60

6 week children art lessons in a group setting, choose from either Saturday morning 9:30-10:30 (school year groups 4-7) or Monday afternoon 5:30-6:30 (school year groups 5-9) subject to availability. Lessons delivered by qualified teacher (DBS & First Aid trained) Rainham based. https://www.facebook.com/the-art-pod-by-k-j-stan-ART-426538364560443/

£30 or more

0 of 1 claimed

PT Sessions 3 x 75min One to One - worth £90

3 x 75min one to one personal training sessions, Iron Fitness is a new personal training health and wellbeing service in Halling for Medway and surrounding areas run by a passionate coach. Sessions come with a free initial consultation via phone/zoom/face to face. https://m.facebook.com/ironfitnessuk/

£250 or more

5 of 7 claimed

Corporate Sponsorship

For 12 months we will promote your business/company on all of our social media channels (Avgs 1500 hits/day). We will promote your business name and logo on our main club website page as a club sponsor, on our club sponsor's webpage (on our website) and in our programmes all for 12 months. (Club sponsors will need to be approved by the club exec committee to ensure club values are in keeping).

£2 or more

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A personalised signed photo card from Adam Peaty

Your chance to win a personalised signed photo card from GB's Adam Peaty. This will be a time limited raffle and will be drawn on Thursday 22nd April.

£5 or more

25 of 25 claimed

Moo's Afternoon Cream Tea for 2 - worth £20

£5.00 buys you a chance to win. There are 30 tickets available Afternoon Cream Tea for two with a bottle of Prosecco Includes a mixed selection of sandwiches, scones, sausage rolls and cakes.

£5 or more

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Cakes by Lily Afternoon Cream Tea for 2 -worth £40

£5.00 buys you a chance to win ONE OF TWO cream teas and there are 50 tickets available. Afternoon cream tea for two includes a mixed selection of sandwiches, scones, sausage rolls and cakes.

£5 or more

20 of 20 claimed

Mixed case of Wine

£5.00 buys you a chance to win a case of 6 mixed bottles of wine, box consists of: 2 Blossom Hill Soft and Fruity 2 Blossom Hill White and Crispy 2 Yellow Tail Rose There are 20 tickets up for grabs and a winner will be chosen once all the tickets have been sold. A number generator will be used to choose the winner.

£5 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Six mini Cupcakes in colourful egg box - £7.50

Berrylicious Cakes By Jacqui. 6 mini cupcakes come in a colourful egg box and are topped with vanilla, strawberry milkshake and chocolate milkshake buttercream, an assortment of mini eggs, sprinkles and two cute chick fondant toppers, a vegan option is also available. Collect on 1st April https://www.facebook.com/Berryliciouscakesbyjacqui

£5 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Natural Dog Treats 2 x Voucher - worth £10

Natural Dog Treats Vouchers based in Strood https://www.facebook.com/preymunch/ www.preymunch.co.uk

£6 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Family Treasure Trail - worth £11.50

Family Treasure Trail, Explore the UK with one of 1000 different murder mystery, treasure hunt or spy mission themed self-guided treasure trails, fun for the whole of the family. https://www.treasuretrails.co.uk

£8 or more

1 of 1 claimed

S&J Wax Melts Gift Set - worth £20

Wax melts gift set includes burner, was melts and tree lights Handmade soy wax melts, Vegan & cruelty free. CLP compliant. https://www.facebook.com/SandJscents/

£8 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Filled 1/2 Easter Egg and Cupcakes - worth £12

Berrylicious-Cakes by Jacqui. A half filled Easter egg with vanilla or chocolate sponge, buttercream and chocolate treat with two mini egg and two overloaded cupcakes. Collect on 1st April https://www.facebook.com/Berryliciouscakesbyjacqui

£8 or more

1 of 1 claimed

3 cocktails delivered to your door - worth £12

3 cocktails delivered to your door - 3 mojitos Free delivery within the ME postcode. Age 18+ https://www.facebook.com/LarryMobileBar/

£9 or more

2 of 2 claimed

FlipOut Vouchers worth £13.50

FlipOut Vouchers worth £13.50 each one voucher gives a one hour jump session, Vouchers valid for 1 year. http://www.flipout.co.U.K.

£9 or more

2 of 2 claimed

3 Day Complimentary Pass @ Nuffield Health - £15

3 Day Pass Complimentary @ Nuffield Health Medway worth £15 Location Medway Valley Strood Fully air conditioned gym Over 88 pieces of cardio equipment Luxurious 25m pool Jacuzzi On-site Cafe Free Parking

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Molinillo Chocolate Stirrers - worth £20

Luxury Molinillo Chocolate Stirrers, After Dark, Expresso Martini, Mother Fudger, Olaf's Magic & Bischoc. https://www.molinillo.co.uk/

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Sianas Sugar Treats - worth £15

Sianas Sugar Treats £15 Voucher valid for one year of purchase can be used against cupcakes, giant cookies, cakes etc, based in Rochester. 2 weeks notice with collection from Rochester (not valid during seasonal periods easter, fathers day etc) https://www.facebook.com/sianassugertreats/

£12 or more

20 of 20 claimed

Black Lion Special Lockdown Edition T-Shirt

Black Lion Special Lockdown Edition T-Shirt (Not Club Kit) Black Lion Logo on front and 'Black Lion SC Roared through Lockdown 2020/21'

£12 or more

1 of 1 claimed

No.23 16 slice Victoria Sponge- worth £23

No.23 16 slice Victoria Sponge https://www.facebook.com/no23sandwich/

£12 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Homemade Scented Soy Candle & Defuser - £20

Nicky's homemade scented soy candle & defuser. Lots of smells available. https://www.facebook.com/MadebyNickys

£12 or more

2 of 2 claimed

7 Consecutive Days @ Nuffield Health - £25

7 Consecutive Days Complimentary @ Nuffield Health Medway worth £25 Location Medway Valley Strood Fully air conditioned gym Over 88 pieces of cardio equipment Luxurious 25m pool Jacuzzi On-site Cafe Free Parking

£13 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Queens Head £20 Voucher

Queens Head Wigmore Rainham £20 Voucher £20 off meals and drinks https://www.emberinns.co.uk/nationalsearch/southeast/the-queens-head#

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Danielle's Beauty £20 Gel Nails & Manicure

Danielle's Beauty £20 Gel Nail Manicure https://www.facebook.com/daniellesbeauty21

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Ruby Murray Curry - worth £24.99

Meal For Three - Four People (From Their set menu) 1 x Veg curry 1 x Non-veg curry 2 x Pilau rice 2 x Plain naan 1 x Paneer tikka or large chips inc. salad, chutney & 1.5 ltr soft drink + popadoms Valid for Thurday or Sunday Collection Only https://www.rubymurraychatham.co.uk/

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Water Colour Print worth £25

Jojo's Photography - transform a photo or photo's into a framed 10x8 water colour print as well as the digital image. https://jojosstudio.com/

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Easter Kinder Chocolate Explosion - worth £22

MH HAMPERS, TREATS AND GIFTS Easter Kinder Chocolate Explosion - See Black Lion facebook crowdfunder page for pictures. https://www.facebook.com/groups/3654776514573755

£16 or more

20 of 20 claimed

Meet the Alpacas at Lower Bush Farm (worth £60)

£16.00 buys you a chance to win this fabulous 2 hour experience for a family of 4 (worth £60). You will begin your visit with an introductory meeting with the Alpacas, learning about them, you will then be paired up with your Alpacas for a 45 minute walk (4 people sharing 2 Alpacas). Your walk will be through the backdrop of the beautiful West Kent Downs, and then back to the farm to feed the boys their favourite treats.

£18 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1 hour Maths Tutoring - worth £30

1 hr maths tutoring from a very experienced secondary school maths teacher, this is for year 10 and above, would suit GCSE or A level student.

£18 or more

4 of 4 claimed

1 hour Math's Tutoring - worth £30

1 hr Math's tutoring from a very experienced secondary school Math's teacher, Year 10 students preparing for GCSE next year, GCSE revision for year 11 students, preparing for in-school assessments or preparation for A level for year 11 students starting A level Math's, topics can be tailored to suit needs.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Eyelash Lift & Tint, & Eyebrow Shape - worth £35+

Special BLSC offer - Eyelash Lift & Tint, & Eyebrow Shape. Lifting, Curling and shaping natural lashes into position using a specialist lifting technique and tinted. This is a perfect alternative to lash extensions for a natural look that will perfectly shape and open the eye giving the illusion of extensions. Patch test required https://www.pepols.co.uk/

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Waggon At Hale £30 Voucher

Waggon At Hale voucher can be redeemed against either takeaway food or when restaurants are open. https://www.waggonathale.com/

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Angie's Supreme Clean 2hr Clean - Worth £27

Angie's Supreme Clean - 2hr Clean Medway Area Only

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1 Hour Kayak hire for 2 - worth £30

1 Hour Kayak hire for 2 adults during one of the pay & play sessions. https://www.cmtrust.co.uk/play/water-sports/

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

45 Minute Professional Sports Massage - worth £35

45 Minute professional sport massage by Ruth Fisher. Based Longfield DA3 https://www.kinetixsofttissuetherapy.co.uk

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Beauty Treatments Voucher worth £40

Pampered & Polished Beauty Treatments Voucher, treatments such as facial, waxing, gel nails, eyelash or eyebrow tinting etc. https://www.facebook.com/pampered-and-polished-107259304197271

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Mixed Case of Wine - worth £40

2 x Barefoot Pinot Grigio 2 x Barefoot Malbec 2 x Yellow Tail Rose

£25 or more

3 of 3 claimed

1hr One to One coaching session - worth £40

1hr one to one coaching session, in a state of the art training pool. Ideal for stroke improvements. Delivered by James Marshall level 2 qualified coach.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Personal Training Session Voucher worth £50+

The Body Coaches are offering either 2 x 1 hr Individuals sessions or 1 x 1hr Couple session, from April. Daytime sessions only and these can be held online or face to face at Rainham recreational ground. https://www.facebook.com/thebodycoachesmedway/

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Mini Photo Shoot - worth £70

Jessica Swadling Photography Mini photo shoot up to 30 minutes. You will receive all of the images on your photo shoot. The shoot will take place at an outside location, this will be discussed with the buyer. Photo shoot can be children, family or pets. https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=Jessica%20Swadling%20Photography

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

MOT Voucher worth £45

Riverside Motoring Centre MOT voucher valid for 1 year from purchase.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Commissioned Artwork - worth £75

An unframed mounted A4 graphite drawing of your chosen subject, this is a single portrait of either an animal or a person. Artist in Rainham. https://www.facebook.com/the-art-pod-by-k-j-stan-ART-426538364560443/

£38 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Father's Day Afternoon Tea for Four - worth £60

Sweet Majic Father's Day Afternoon Tea for Four Menu to be announced, delivery or collection from ME9 (Bapchild) https://www.sweetmajic.co.uk/

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

4hr House Deep Clean worth £60

KP Cleaning Services 4hr House Deep Clean Medway Area https://www.facebook.com/KPcleaningservicesltd

£80 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Heritage Will Writers Wills - worth £160

Heritage Will Writers are offering a pair of wills written for a couple, this is a remote appointment by phone or email. http://www.heritagewillwriters.co.uk/contactus.php

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Handmade Quilt - worth £250

Handmade quilt made by Artisan Quilter John Cordingley. Quilt size is 68 inches by 58 inches, would suit a single bed or a small double. multiple colour's see Black Lion crowdfunder site for pictures.

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