WHO ARE WE?
Dereham Otters Swimming Club caters for swimmers of all ages and ability, starting with Novices through to the Performance Squad. Weekly training sessions are provided, with progressive teaching leading through ultimately to squad training and competition.
Dereham & District Amateur Swimming Club (DDASC), is a non-profit making organisation dedicated to the improvement and progress of competitive swimming, in all ages and to all social backgrounds.
We aim to encourage and develop good sportsmanship, individual integrity, team spirit and provide an environment in which swimmers can realise their full potential at all levels.
As a swimming club we have set ourselves a challenge to run, jump, hop, skip, walk, cycle or swim the distance from London to Tokyo, due to the Olympics not going ahead this year. This distance is a whopping 10,746 Miles which is equivalent to donating a pound a mile to help us reach our £10,000 target
WHY ARE WE RAISING FUNDS?
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 our swimmers have been unable to access pools, like many others. And although we received the promising news that pools are able to reopen at the end of July, our home pool will not be able to do so due to maintenance issues. This has left many of our swimmers concerned about the future of Dereham Otters and when we will be able to get back into the pool.
We are keen to get our 120 swimmers back to doing what they love as soon as possible, but need to find alternatives to our usual hub. This includes, upfront costs that private pools require and funds needed for remote Strength and Conditioning classes. We are a parent run club and simply don't have the financial reserves needed to see us through a crisis of this duration, let alone an added prolonged period out of the water.
We also understand how important swimming is to so many. Not only does it have an impact on our physical health, but also our mental well-being. So the opportunity to get swimmers back into the water as soon as possible means we will be able to improve and support all of our swimmers physically and mentally.
Dereham Otters has been helping children learn to swim and compete for over 40 years and we need your help so we can keep doing this for many more years!
HOW WILL WE USE THE MONEY RAISED?
By taking on the opportunity to raise money for the club, we will be in a better position to seek other opportunities to allow swimmers to access pools. We anticipate using the money raised to support the club with alternative pool costs while also trying to rebuild our swimmers back to fitness in a safe environment. We believe it is vital that all swimmers are supported and in doing so retain their friendships with squad mates through such challenging times.
MATCH FUNDING CAN INCREASE THE TOTAL WE RAISE!
We are applying for Sport England "Active Together" match funding. If successful, Sport England will add to the monies raised to make our total even bigger! This means that any donations are worth more to us when donated through this crowdfunder, so please do help us in any way you can!