Colchester Swimming Club Covid appeal

by Colchester Swimming Club in Colchester, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 19th January 2021 we successfully raised £10,405 with 77 supporters in 43 days

Supporting the Club through the pandemic to provide physical fitness, nutrition and mental health benefits to the community.

by Colchester Swimming Club in Colchester, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Our stretch target will allow greater security for the club: with every cancelled meet the club loses £9,000 and therefore the stretch target allows us to cover an increased amount of this lost revenue.


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The impacts of Covid-19 on individuals, families and communities across the UK has been substantial. The benefits that sport can provide, both in terms of physical fitness, nutrition and mental health has never been more appreciated than during this pandemic when most sports have had to suspend activities.

The Club has been supporting our swimmers and families through lockdown by sharing training and nutrition videos and continuing the social aspect connected by creating fun videos and organising a virtual quiz and a raffle.

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The swimming community has been affected heavily at local, county and national levels by Covid-19. Covid-19 has halted the club’s revenue streams that are used to keep swimming as affordable as possible and these are unlikely to resume in the near future.

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How will your money help?

Colchester Swimming Club is self-sustaining and does not receive any external support. The Club relies on open meets (competitions) to generate income to support its operation, but we have had to cancel our meets scheduled in July and December with a loss of considerable income. In order to be Covid- secure we have had to change how we operate by reducing swimmer numbers, at the same time as increasing pool time. We have been largely unable to operate The Academy section since March and this underpins the Club's operations. It is also essential to retain our coaches throughout periods of lockdown, replace equipment that has perished during the pandemic due to lack of access to maintain it e.g. waterpolo balls and purchase PPE/thermometers for The Academy section when it returns.   

All monies raised will help to ensure the club remains financially stable and enable us to provide essential facilities and equipment to the Club's members. Funding will ensure the improvement plans which have been, and which will continue to be, heavily impacted by the pandemic can continue once we are able to resume normal operations.  

Huge thanks to Ben Fryer @ BBC Radio Essex for helping us raise awareness of our crowdfunding campaign. If you missed it take a listen. Interview starts at 1:36.40 ➡️ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08zbkg9

Our ethos and who we are

Colchester Swimming Club is a volunteer run amateur club with a proud history. We have been successfully providing top quality coaching to swimmers from Colchester and the surrounding areas of north Essex from county and regional standard through to national and even International levels for a number of years.

Colchester Swimming Club is based on the foundation of offering an enjoyable, competitive learning environment for swimmers of all abilities from Colchester and the surrounding area to thrive in. We provide a wide spectrum of swimming opportunities: lessons in our Academy, Competitive swimming squads, Fitness squads, Masters swimming and Water Polo.


We are committed to helping each swimmer and water polo player reach their potential and develop their confidence, whilst learning to respect others, be ambitious and determined. We believe each swimmer should be able to enjoy the health benefits of sport in a safe and caring environment: nurturing their natural ability or keen interest to learn at all levels.
Our club is about developing health and fitness, about being part of a social network, and about teaching a generation how to aspire to achieve goals and targets whether that is in the water, coaching, teaching, officiating or volunteering.


…a challenging future

With no firm end in sight to the pandemic and the restrictions we are currently operating under, the Club will face significant financial challenges over the next year. The Club will have significantly reduced income because we cannot run open meets (competitions) that support the Club’s operation and in ensuring we meet all Covid requirements we are operating with reduced swimmer numbers whilst continuing to incur the same pool hire and coaching costs.

Supporting a solution…

You can help us to continue to provide a service to Colchester and the surrounding area. We are launching a Crowdfunding campaign to help Colchester Swimming Club bridge the financial issues now being faced, caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

...your money could go even further!

The good news is that Sport England and Crowdfunder have now launched a fund to help clubs- there is up to 50% extra funding available. We have set an initial target of raising £5,000, which Sport England could contribute up to 50% to.  

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£85 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Family photoshoot @ Studio B Photography

Studio B have kindly offered to provide one lucky person with a family photoshoot worth £175 (maximum of 5 people from the same household) in return for your support for our appeal. Studio B can be found on Cowdray Avenue. To see Studio B Colchester`s work follow them here: https://www.facebook.com/beaphotographyuk

£5 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Colchester Swimming Club hat

Opportunity to win a Colchester swimming club hat (usually £6.50).

£5 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Swedish cakes

8 portions of two different types of homemade swedish cakes (4 of each type): Fiffiruta and mazarin. Note - these do contain nuts and are not suitable for those with special dietary requirements. Can be collected from central Colchester.

£5 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Cartwright & Fenn tin milk chocolate biscuits

Duck egg blue tin Cartwright & Fenn milk chocolate biscuits

£7 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Club water bottle

Claim a Swim club water bottle for your donation. Retails for £5.

£20 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Canvas print @ Studio B

Studio B have kindly offered to provide one lucky person with a free canvas print in return for your support for our appeal. Studio B can be found on Cowdray Avenue. To see Studio B Colchester`s work follow them here: https://www.facebook.com/beaphotographyuk

£20 or more

3 of 5 claimed

Colchester swimming club towel

For a donation claim a swim club towel.

£35 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Swimzi Swim club tracksuit bottoms - Age 13

For your contribution to our appeal, claim a pair of fantastic Swimzi Colchester tracksuit bottoms. These come up a little small in size (perhaps for age 10). Usual retail price £30.

£40 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Injury consultation @Ross Knevett Sports Injury

Based at PlayGolf in Colchester, the Ross Knevett Sports Injury Clinic has kindly offered to provide one lucky person with a free injury consultation (worth £60) in return for your support for our appeal. Ross Knevett and his team assess, test & diagnose aches, pains & conditions to effectively treat & repair using the most relevant solution. https://www.sportinjuryspecialist.com/

£40 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Swimzi Unisex Poolside T-Shirts Ages 9-13

Swimzi Unisex or ladies cut poolside T-Shirts 9-13. Retail at £30.00.

£40 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Swimzi Unisex Poolside T-Shirts Ages XS-S

Swimzi Unisex or ladies cut poolside T-Shirts XS-S. Retail at £35.00.

£200 or more

Bronze Business sponsorship package

Be an official club sponsor! Get A5 adverts in our swim meet programmes for a year and recognition on our website. This will be for a minimum 2 meets. Note - year duration for programme sponsorship begins once Swim England give green light to restart meets.

£400 or more

Silver Business sponsorship package

Be an official club sponsor! Get A4 adverts in our swim meet programmes for a year and recognition on our website. This will be for a minimum 2 meets. Note - year duration for programme sponsorship begins once Swim England give green light to restart meets.

£1,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Gold business sponsorship package

Be an official club sponsor! For this level of sponsorship get: A4 adverts in our swim meet programmes for a year; Recognition at AGM - Awards Presentation with reserved seats; a feature on our website page; logo on meet flyer; promotion via pre-competition entry pack and post-competition report; promotion on club noticeboard. For meet related advertising, this is for a min 2 meets once Sport England have given the green light to start.

£10 or more

2 of 2 claimed

H box Hotel Chocolat

H box from Hotel Chocolat RRP £12.95.

£15 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Colchester Swimming Club towel

Opportunity to win a Colchester Swimming Club towel.

£15 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Ticket (single) to a session at Aqua Springs

Leisure World have kindly donated a single ticket to a session at Aqua Springs as a reward for supporting our appeal. The timing of the reward may be affected by current Covid operational restrictions. Please see link for information about Aqua Springs: https://www.aqua-springs.co.uk/

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Colchester Swim Club poolside t-shirt

An opportunity to win a Swimzi Colchester Swimming Club poolside t-shirt (worth £30-£35).

£25 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Couples Ticket to a session at Aqua Springs

Leisure World have kindly donated a couples ticket to a session at Aqua Springs as a reward for supporting our appeal. The timing of the reward may be affected by current Covid operational restrictions. Please see link for information about Aqua Springs: https://www.aqua-springs.co.uk/

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Sports massage @ Ross Knevett Sports Injury Clinic

Based at PlayGolf in Colchester, the Ross Knevett Aports Injury Clinic has kindly offered to provide one lucky person with a free sports massage (worth £45). https://www.sportinjuryspecialist.com/

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Beach hut for a day - Walton

Beach hut for a day for a maximum of 6 people in Walton on the Naze. Winner can select the date. No large parties allowed. With thanks to Emma Wallace.

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Swimzi Swim club tracksuit bottoms - Large

For your contribution to our appeal, claim a pair of fantastic Swimzi Colchester tracksuit bottoms. Availability in this size only - note that these come up a little small in size. Usual retail price £30.

£225 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay E8 earphones - pink

An amazing pair of Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay E8 earphones (RRP £300). They come in a beautiful charging case and are in a lovely pink colour. The lucky recipient to be presented in-store at Colchester High Street. Huge thanks to Band and Olufsen, Colchester. https://stores.bang-olufsen.com/en/united-kingdom/colchester/61-high-street

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